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Rebecca Garden

Rebecca E Garden, PhD

Rebecca Garden, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and holds a joint appointment in Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Upstate Medical University. She earned her doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. Before coming to Upstate in 2004, she was Associate Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Garden's research draws on fiction, autobiography, film, and video, as well as critical approaches to disability, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, to examine socio-cultural and ethical issues related to illness, disability, deafness and health care. She has published in journals such as New Literary History, Disability Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Journal of Clincal Ethics, Academic Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Garden is course director for the Health Care Ethics course for nursing and health professions students. She lectures and leads discussion groups in Upstate Medical University's bioethics course for medical students and teaches in a required master's in public health course, focusing on culture and community engagement. She is Executive Director of and teaches in the Consortium for Culture and Medicine, an inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary organization that brings together faculty and graduate and undergraduate students from medicine, nursing, the humanities, and the social and basic sciences.

Dr. Garden is a member of the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee for the Division on Literature and Science and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Medical Humanities, Literature and Medicine, and Ars Medica. From 2005 to 2011, she led the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Garden may be reached at 315.464.8451 or at gardenr@upstate.edu.

Dr. Garden's current CV. PDF Icon

Selected Publications

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Wear, D, J Zarconi and R Garden. "Disorderly Conduct: Calling Out the Hidden Curriculum(s) of Professionalism." In The Hidden Curriculum and Health Professions Education, ed. Joseph O'Donnell & Fred Hafferty. Forthcoming 2014.

Garden R. "Ethics. In Keywords in Disability Studies." Ed. R. Adams, B. Reiss, D. Serlin. Forthcoming 2014.

Garden R. "Confined to Her Bed": Illness, Disability, and Femininity in Susanna Rowson's Charlotte Temple. Forthcoming in Literature and Medicine 31.1.

Garden R. "Distance Learning: Empathy and Culture in Junot Diaz's "Wildwood." Journal of Medical Humanities 2013.

Garden R. "Social Studies: The Humanities, Narrative, and the Social Context of the Patient-Professional Relationship." Forthcoming in Jones T, Wear D and Friedman L. The Health and Humanities Reader. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Wear D, Zarconi J, R Garden, T Jones. "Reflection in/and Writing: Pedagogy and Practice in Medical Education." Academic Medicine. May 2012; 87(5): 603-609.

Garden R. "Social Studies: The Humanities, Narrative, and the Social Context of the Patient-Professional Relationship." Jones T, Wear D, and Friedman L. The Health and Humanites Reader, Bew Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

DeVault M, Garden R, Schwartz, MA. "Mediated Communication in Context: Narrative Approaches to Understanding Encounters between Health Care Providers and Deaf People." External Icon Disability Studeis Quarterly, Fall 2011;31(4).

Garden R. "Language, Identity, and Belonging: Deaf Cultural and Narrative Perspectives." Journal of Clinical Ethics, Summer 2010; 21(2):159-62.

Garden, R. "Disability and Narrative: New Directions for the Medical Humanities External Icon." Medical Humanities. December 2010;36(2):70-74. Editor's choice selection for online issue.

Garden R. "Sympathy, Disability, and the Nurse: Female Power in Edith Wharton's The Fruit of the Tree External Icon." Journal of Medical Humanities. September 2010;31(3):223-42.

Garden R. "Illness and Inoculation: Narrative Strategies in Frances Burney's Camilla (1796)."). In: Laflen A, Block M, eds. Prescribing Gender in Medicine and Narrative. New Castle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2010:64-94.

Garden R. "Telling Stories about Illness and Disability: The Limits and Lessons of Narrative. External Icon" Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Winter 2010;53(1):121-135.

Garden, R. "Expanding Clinical Empathy: An Activist Perspective." Journal of General Internal Medicine 24(1), January 2009:122-5.

Garden R. "The Problem of Empathy: Medicine and the Humanities External Icon." New Literary History, Summer 2007; 38(3): 551-568.