My research explores health inequality in contemporary society. More specifically, I examine how macro-level social forces (e.g., health policy, treatment access, racism) impact people's day-to-day health experiences. I focus, in particular, on advancing health communication scholarship in three primary contexts: (1) end-of-life care, (2) HIV/AIDS, and (3) substance abuse.
I have published over 40 research articles, book chapters, and reference works during the past ten years. My scholarship appears in leading journals such as Archives of Sexual Behavior, Communication Theory, Health Communication, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, Psycho-Oncology, Journal of Addictive Diseases, and Community Mental Health Journal. I am also a co-editor of the forthcoming book, Post-AIDS Discourse in Health Communication: Sociocultural Interpretations; it is available for preorder here: Post-AIDS Discourse in Health Communication – Sociocultural Interpretations.
In addition to these published works, I have served as a primary or co-investigator on funded research projects totaling approximately $1.6 million; the specific funding sources include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement (CDPE), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) at Villanova University.
Please see below for a list of representative publications. My full Google Scholar profile is available here: Patrick J. Dillon
Kedia, S. K., Schmidt, M., Dillon, P. J., Arshad, H., & Yu, X. (2021). Substance use treatment in Appalachian Tennessee amid COVID-19: Challenges and preparing for the future. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 124, 108270.
Dillon, P. J., Kedia, S. K., Oluwaseyi, I., & Sharma, M. (2020). Motivations for treatment engagement in a long-term, residential substance use rehabilitation treatment program: A qualitative study. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 14. doi: 10.1177/1178221820940682
Kedia, S. K., Dillon, P. J., Jiang, Y., James, W., Collins, A. C., & Bhuyan, S. S. (2020). The association between substance use and violence: Results from a nationally representative sample of high school students in the United States. Community
Mental Health Journal, 57, 294-306 online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10597-020-00648-x
Kedia, S. K., Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (2020). A qualitative exploration of "mother first" identity and antiretroviral adherence among African American women living with HIV in the Mid-South region of the United States. Health Communication, 10, 1190-1199. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1623641
Sastry, S., Stephenson, M., Dillon, P.J., & Carter, A. (2019). A meta-theoretical
systematic review of the Culture-Centered Approach to Health Communication: Toward a refined, “nested” model. Communication Theory. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ct/qtz024
Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (2019). African Americans and hospice care: On social risk,
privacy management, and relational health advocacy. In P. M. Kellett (Ed.),
Narrating patienthood: Engaging diverse voices on health, communication, and
the patient experience (pp. 63-84). Lanham, MD; Lexington Books.
Alexander, A. C., Obong’o, C. O., Chavan, P. P., Dillon, P. J., & Kedia, S. K. (2018).
Addicted to the ‘life of methamphetamine’: Perceived barriers to sustained
methamphetamine recovery. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 25(3), 241-247. doi: 10.1080/09687637.2017.1282423
Obong’o, C. O., Alexander, A. C., Chavan, P. P., Dillon, P. J., & Kedia, S. K. (2017).
Choosing to live or die: Online narratives of recovering from Methamphetamine
abuse. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 49(1), 52-58. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2016.1262085
Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (2016). Toward eliminating hospice enrollment disparities
among African Americans: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor
and Underserved, 27, 219–237. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0014
Basu, A., Dillon, P. J., & Romero-Daza, N. (2016). Understanding culture and its influence on HIV/AIDS-related communication among minority men who have sex with men. Health Communication, 31(11), 1367-1374.
Dillon, P. J., & Roscoe, L. A. (2015). Qualitative communication research. In E.
Wittenberg, B. Ferrell, J. Goldsmith…G. Handzo (Eds.), Textbook of palliative care
communication (pp. 399-407). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (2014). HIV/AIDS and minority men who have sex with men: A meta-ethnographic synthesis of qualitative research. Health Communication, 29, 182-192. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.732911
Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (2013). Culture-centered health communication: Addressing HIV/AIDS in a sex worker community. In Dutta, M. J., & Kreps, G. L. (Eds.), Reducing health disparities: Communication interventions (pp. 113-132). New York: Peter Lang Publishers.
Dillon, P. J., Roscoe, L. A., & Jenkins, J. J. (2012). African Americans and hospice care: Making decisions about enrollment. The Howard Journal of Communications, 23, 175-193. doi: 10.1080/10646175.2012.667724
Dillon, P. J. (2011). Moral accounts and membership categorization in primary care medical interviews. Communication & Medicine, 8, 211-221.