About

headshot of ChristinaDr. Christina M. LaVecchia is a qualitative research fellow in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There she uses her training in rhetoric and composition to collaborate on research related to patient-clinician communication, shared decision-making (care that is individualized to meet patients’ values and preferences), and minimally disruptive medicine (care that is least burdensome on patients’ lives). She has several works in progress with KER, most notably a study on the use of rhetorical listening in clinical encoutners and a study on patients’ experiences with contested, medically unexplained illnesses and conditions, an experience she terms undercared-for chronic suffering.

In addition to her rhetorics of health and medicine work with the KER Unit, Dr. LaVecchia’s research in rhetoric and composition focuses on contemporary composing theories, writing pedagogies, invention, and digital literacies. Her article “Toward a Pedagogy of Materially Engaged Listening” was published in Composition Forum, volume 35, and she has co-authored a forthcoming article, “Editing as Inclusion Activism,” for College English. Her work also appears in the 2015 essay collection Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC, Harlot, and the textbook How Writing Works: With Readings.

In 2012 Dr. LaVecchia was the UC English department’s William C. Boyce Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and is the UC College of Arts and Sciences 2014 recipient of a university-wide teaching award. Previously she served for four years as an editorial assistant for Composition Studies, the oldest independent journal in the field.

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