Associate Professor of Communication

Dr. Parsloe's research interests focus on how individuals communicate to construct empowering health and disability identities in the face of uncertainty, doubt, stigma, and ableism. She considers how biosocial communities organize for collective action, including advocacy and activism. Her work has addressed the ways in which social media facilitates community-building, social support, and cyberactivism among individuals with various chronic conditions and disabilities. She has also published research exploring ableism and inclusive teaching practices in higher education. Dr. Parsloe's research has been featured in Health Communication, The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Information, Communication, & Society, The Journal of Family Communication, The Howard Journal of Communications, Communication Education, Feminist Pedagogy, and Women & Language.

She published the book, Falling in Love with the Process: Cultivating Resilience in Health Crises: A Stroke Survivor's Story (2020) with co-author, Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin.


PhD, Communication Studies, Ohio University, Athens, OH
MA, Communication Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
BA, Public Relations/Communication Studies, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Sarah Parsloe portrait

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