Sydney Wallace

Biography

Sydney O’Shay-Wallace is a Ph.D. candidate and Thomas C. Rumble Fellow in the Department of Communication. She is also a Fellow with the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development. Her research interests are grounded in the study of stigma communication in health and family contexts, with a particular interest in stigma stemming from substance abuse. Sydney’s current research projects include a study of stigma management communication in families with a history of substance abuse and, separately, a study of nurse-patient interactions with patients that have a history of substance abuse. She is also a member of several interdisciplinary research teams working on projects surrounding family members experiences of coping with loved one's opioid use, information seeking during the Flint water crisis, and communication surrounding issues with water infrastructure.

Office Location

 584 Manoogian Hall

Courses Taught

COM 1010 – Oral Communication: Basic Speech (Hybrid & Online Formats)
COM 2170 – Persuasive Speaking
COM 3250 – Introduction to Organizational Communication
COM 3300 – Business & Professional Presentations (Online Format)

Honors and Awards

2019 Graduate Student Research Award
Department of Communication
Wayne State University

2019 Top Graduate Student Debut Paper
Emergency Room Nurses’ Experiences Building Therapeutic Relationships with Substance-Using Patients
Central States Communication Association

2019 Top Student Paper - Health Communication Interest Group
Emergency Room Nurses’ Experiences Building Therapeutic Relationships with Substance-Using Patients
Central States Communication Association

2019 Top Podium Presentation - Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
“We Weren’t Raised That Way”: Using Stigma Management Communication Theory to Understand How Families Manage the Stigma of Substance Abuse.
Lifespan Alliance Research Day

2018 Top Panel - Public Relations Interest Group
Crises and Social media: Differences Across Various Crises and Media Users
Central States Communication Association

2016 Top Paper
Family Communication Patterns Critique
Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Conference.

Publications

O’Shay-Wallace, S. (2019). Substance Abuse Within the Family: Coping Through Family Communication. In S. Symonds LeBlanc (Ed.), Going Behind Closed Doors: Case Studies in Family Communication. Kendall Hunt. 

O’Shay-Wallace, S. (2019). “We Weren’t Raised That Way”: Using Stigma Management Communication Theory to Understand How Families Manage the Stigma of Substance Abuse. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1567443

Day, A. M., O’Shay-Wallace, S., Seeger, M. W., McElmurry, S. P. (2019). Informational Sources, Social Media Use, and Race in Flint, Michigan’s Water Crisis. Communication Studies, 1-25. doi:10.1080/10510974.2019.1567566

Eckert, S., O’Shay-Wallace, S., Metzger-Riftkin, J., & Kolhoff, S. (2018). “The Best Damn Representation of Islam:” Muslims, Gender, Social media, and Islamophobia in the United States. CyberOrient, 12(1). http://www.cyberorient.net/article.do?articleId=9907

 

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