Judy Z. Segal teaches rhetorical history and theory, and rhetoric of health and medicine. In particular, she turns to rhetorical theory and criticism for approaches to questions concerning, for example, patient nonadherence to physicians’ advice; trust in medical experts; end-of-life decision making; illness anxiety; contested illnesses; and the relations of pharmaceuticals and diagnostic categories. Her monograph, Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine (Southern Illinois UP) appeared in 2005. Her recent essays appear in journals such as Written Communication, Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Sex Research, Literature and Medicine, and Cephalalgia. Her work appears also in essay collections such as the Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies (Lunsford et al, eds., 2009) and Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine (Leach and Dysart-Gale, eds., 2011).
Her current SSHRC-funded research project is entitled, “Public Discourse/Personal Experience.” She was, from 2003 to 2007, a member of the President’s International Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and, in 2007, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. In fall, 2011, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. She is a Killam award-winning teacher.