Grad Students

Amanda McArthur

Contact Information

Email    ammcarth [at]
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Fields of Study

Conversation Analysis, Medical Sociology


(in press) Getting pain on the table in primary care physical exams. Social Science & Medicine.

(under review) Touch and expertise during question-response sequences about pain in medical examinations.

(in preparation) Formulating diagnoses: The effects of wording on patient confidence.

Grants and Awards

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship - 2016 & 2017

UCLA Constantine and Perina Panunizo Fellowship - 2015

Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral Scholarship - 2013-2014

CSUN Graduate Fellowship for Research & Creative Activity - 2013

Fulbright English Teaching Assistanship - 2009-2010

Conference Presentations

15th International Pragmatics Conference. Displaying pain in response to a doctor’s touch: One resource for delivering unsolicited pain information in primary care physical exams. Panel: Emotion as an action-oriented resource in interaction. Belfast, Northern Ireland; July 20, 2017.

International Meeting on Conversation Analysis and Clinical Encounters. Preliminary diagnosis in acute primary care encounters. Bristol, England; July 13, 2017.

National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention. Locating pain as an interactional achievement: Coordinating touch and talk in medical examinations. Philadelphia, PA; November 10, 2016.

American Sociological Association 111th Annual Meeting. Negotiating the pain search in primary care physical exams. Seattle, WA; August 21, 2016.

University of California, Santa Barbara's Language, Interaction, and Social Organization "Language and the Body Day." Locating pain as an interactional achievement: Coordinating touch and talk in medical examinations. Santa Barbara, CA; March 11, 2016.

International Conference on Conversation Analysis. “I don’t like your face!” A sequential analysis of enactments of dementia behavior among long-term caregivers. Los Angeles, CA; June 27, 2014.


John Heritage, Tanya Stivers


M.A. Sociology - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - 2016

M.A. Linguistics - California State University, Northridge (CSUN) - 2014

B.A. English - Drexel University - 2009