Paul Denvir, Ph.D.



  • Ph.D. in Sociology and Communication, State University of New York at Albany 

Courses Taught at ACPHS 

  • Principles of Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intercultural Communication in Healthcare
  • Provider-Patient Interaction

Academic/Research Interests

My research focuses on the interpersonal dimensions of seeking and providing health care. This includes a primary focus on provider-patient communication. I am particularly interested in the interactional strategies that providers and patients use when discussing sensitive matters, such as “lifestyle” topics (diet, substance use, sexual activities, etc.). I am also interested in the experiential education of pharmacy students, particularly the role(s) that interpersonal communication plays in students’ identity formation and professional socialization.

Selected Publications

Denvir, P. & Brewer, J. (in press). “How Dare You Question What I Use to Treat This Patient?”: Student Pharmacists’ Reflections on the Challenges of Communicating Recommendations to Physicians in Interdisciplinary Healthcare Settings. To appear in Health Communication.

Denvir, P. (2012). When patients portray their conduct as normal and healthy: An interactional challenge for thorough substance use history taking. Social Science & Medicine, 75, 1650-1659.

Denvir, P. (2012). Doing “interprofessionality” during pharmacist-patient interactions: A resource for demonstrating the value of pharmacy in clinical care settings. Paper presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association.

Brewer, J. & Denvir, P. (2011). Balancing competing patient care philosophies during ambulatory care advanced pharmacy practice experiences. In T. D. Zlatic and W. A. Zellmer (Eds.) Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy: Stories of Reflection. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Denvir, P. (2010). Some dilemmatic aspects of advising patients to be tested for HIV in primary care contexts. Paper presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association.

Teas Gill, V., Pomerantz, A. & Denvir, P. (2010). Preemptive resistance: Patients' participation in diagnostic sense-making activities. Sociology of Health and Illness, 32, 1-20.

Denvir, P & Pomerantz, A. (2009). A qualitative analysis of a significant barrier to organ and tissue donation: Receiving less-than-optimal medical care. Health Communication, 24, 597-607.

Denvir, P. (2009). Identity management during routine ‘lifestyle’ history taking: Practices that patients employ when reporting on problematic conduct. Paper presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association.

Denvir, P (2009). Patients’ enactment of normative stances toward reported substance use conduct: Managing identity during routine history taking. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association. Selected as the top paper in the Language and Social Interaction Division.

Pomerantz, A., Teas Gill, V. & Denvir, P. (2007). When patients present serious health conditions as unlikely: Managing potentially conflicting issues and constraints. In A. Hepburn and S. Wiggins (Eds.) Discursive Research in Practice: New approaches to psychology and interaction. Cambridge University Press.

Associate Professor
Department of Humanities and Communication