Katie Lynn Walkup

I am a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of South Florida. My research areas are rhetoric of health and medicine, disability studies, and digital rhetoric. My dissertation traces how mental health (MH) stigma may be deployed through policy documents in order to identify, survey, and otherwise act upon individuals who have been identified as those with MH concerns.

Right now, I am studying how early warning systems in public schools link academic achievement to MH to threat potential. The goal of this project is to develop better systems for MH identification. Past projects include: a method for funding MH interventions, corpus analysis of depression writing, examination of usability claims in electronic health records, and a theory of addiction treatment as an ecological process. I ask how people become patients.

At the University of South Florida, I teach courses in technical communication, rhetoric, and writing. I've served as the junior Writing Program Administrator for USF First Year Composition and as the research assistant to the Director of Composition.