I have been working in different capacities in the field of communication for the past 27 years, moving from mass media, to organizational communication, to small groups and intercultural and health communication. I have 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level in Argentina (National University of Cordoba) and the United States (Ohio University, Keene State College and MSU). This diverse background/experience always informs my teaching as I draw examples from all these different communication contexts and cultures to help ground students' learning with real-life examples.
A significant part of my scholarship work has focused on intercultural conflict and health care looking in particular at doctors and patients as cohorts in different countries. Working with a social support group of women, we developed 3 seasons of the radio soap opera "Tests of Destiny: Stories of love, pain and healing" with the support of La Mano (a non-profit organization in Mankato), and KMSU radio. This entertainment education health project consisted of a soap opera (based on a real story) and a space for dialogue about the health issues presented in the episodes led by credible professionals from the community and the radio hosts.
This health promotion project also sparked the interest of the School of Public Health (University of Minnesota) and SoLaHmo (Somali, Latino & Hmong) Partnership for Health & Wellness (West Side Clinic), which invited me to participate in the design of a community-based participatory action research project.The aim of this study was to evaluate the program effectiveness and acceptability of radio stories, a health communication intervention that addresses family eating behaviors and physical activity among immigrant Somali, Latino, and Hmong families with children ages 3-12 years in St Paul, MN. I acted as the health communication consultant. We secured two grants to accomplish it (Clinical and Translational Science Institute $ 39,500 and U-Care of Minnesota $ 74,500). I am currently involved in "Hospice Stories" project with Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care and SoLaHmo (Somali, Latino & Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness) acting as entertainment education consultant.
Here are two samples of the radio stories produced:
I am also involved in a cross-cultural study of college students' experiences of bullying throughout their lifetime. This project is being conducted with colleagues in United States, Finland, Estonia, Australia and Argentina. The project brings together researchers from five disciplines and countries. Members include Beatriz Torres, Assistant Professor in Communication Studies, (Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, USA), Kristen Cvancara, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, (Minnesota State University, Mankato, United States), Kaja Tampere, Professor, Director of the Institute of Communication, (Tallinn University, Estonia), and Maili Pörhölä, Professor in Speech Communication, Dept. of Communication , Kristina Kunttu, Ph.D., Student Heath Care, and Katja Björklund, Ph.D. Student Health Care (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). This multi-disciplinary team combines the expertise of researchers specialized in interpersonal communication (Cvancara, Pörhölä), organizational and intercultural communication (Torres; Tampere), psychology (Björklund), public health (Cross) and medicine (Kunttu).
B.A. in Journalism. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina. MA in Organizational Communication, Ohio University. Ph.D. Cross-Culture Communication, Ohio University. Master's in Public Health Community Health Promotion with a Concentration in Health Disparities, University of Minnesota
Areas of Expertise
COM-117 (Interpersonal Communication), COM-237 (Small-Group Communication), and COM-244 (ST:Comm & Conflict)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|COM-117||Interpersonal Communication||14||2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA|
|COM-247||Ethnography of Comm||7||2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA|
|COM-237||Small-Group Communication||7||2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA|
|FTS-100||FTS:Health & Healing||4||2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA|
|COM-244||ST:Comm & Conflict||2||2015/FA and 2010/SP|
|NDL-112||Career Opportunities||2||2013/JN and 2012/JN|
|COM-344||ST:Decision Making||2||2012/SP and 2011/SP|
|LAS-399||LALACS Senior Capstone||1||2016/SP|
|NDL-170||Cuba Religion Cultures||1||2016/JN|
|IDS-244||ST:Intcult Com/Lat Am||1||2011/SP|