Autumn Boyer, MA, PhD

Autumn Boyer received an AA/AS in Communications from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2001, a BA (with a major in speech communication) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2003, and an MA in Communication & Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.  She received her MA in Bioethics in 2009.  Her thesis,  entitled “In a ‘Sorry’ State: The Ethics of Institutional Apologies in Response to Medical Errors,” complements her dissertation project in Communication & Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh, in which she is examining President Clinton’s apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Her research interests include the intersection of rhetoric and bioethical decision making, health disparities among minorities and/or the economically disadvantaged, and health promotion among the elderly.

Representative Publications

Let Them Eat Cheese? The Disconnect between Government Nutrition Standards and Food Assistance Programs, National Communication Association AnnualConference. Boston, MA: November 20, 2005.

New Directions for Minority Health: Community and Culture in Health Campaigns, National Communication Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA: November 17, 2005.

Voices of Change in Minority Heath, Eastern Communication Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA: April 28, 2005.