My research explores health inequality in contemporary society. I use ethnographic research methods (e.g., participant-observation, interviewing, etc.) to examine how the day-to-day health experiences of marginalized populations are impacted by macro-level social forces, such as health policy, economic inequality, and racism. I focus, in particular, on advancing health communication scholarship in three primary areas: (1) end-of-life care, (2) HIV/AIDS, and (3) substance abuse.
I am currently serving as a co-investigator on multiple federally-funded research projects pertaining to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). My primary role in these projects is to develop strategies for linking OUD clients to appropriate treatment and to evaluate best practices for combining MAT with integrated psychosocial services.
My work appears in leading journals such as Health Communication, Communication and Medicine, the Journal of Family Communication, and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Please see below for a list of representative publications.
Kedia, S. K., Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (In press). 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.
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.
Schmidt, M., Dillon, P. J., Jackson, B. M., Pirkey, P., & Kedia, S. K. (2019). “Gave me a line
of ice and I got hooked:” Exploring narratives of initiating methamphetamine
use. Public Health Nursing, 36(1), 18-27.
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.
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.
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,
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,
Dillon, P. J. (2011). Moral accounts and membership categorization in primary
care medical interviews. Communication & Medicine, 8, 211-221.