My research program results from a blend of training and interests in experimental psychology, respiratory physiology, and pulmonary medicine to examine factors that affect the perception of dyspnea, or shortness of breath, in patients with asthma and COPD as well as the impact of these factors on the management of disease.
To examine the factors and health behavioral characteristics of disparities in chronic/infectious diseases and disease management among minority and vulnerable populations, and develop policy and practice recommendations to improve the quality of health care delivery systems for these special populations.
Research that reflects an integration of law, developmental psychology, and community psychology applied to a broad spectrum of issues involving health and human services and policy, particularly as they impact children, youth, and families.
My primary scholarly interests lie in the intersections between health and organizational communication. Drawing on narrative and feminist sensibilities, my work focuses on a range of social justice issues that affect marginalized populations including disability-rights and gender inequities. My research strengths are in interpretive/ethnographic, critical and rhetorical methodologies.
Research Ethics (aka "Responsible Conduct of Research"), Medical Ethics, Moral Philosophy
The mental health consequences of HIV disease, and the integration of mental health, substance abuse, and primary care for HIV positive individuals.
Aging in cultural and environmental context; women and aging; direct care workers; people with dementia; elder abuse and mistreatment and disasters; using narrative approaches and photography.
Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas
The Health Psychology Program is located on the 4th floor of Colvard
Virginia Gil-Rivas, Ph.D
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223-0001