M.A., Ball State University
(Fall 2018 Cohort)
Specializations: Narrative Approaches to Health, Medically Unrecognized Symptoms, Uncertainty, Identity
Kayla Rausch earned her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Design and Communication with minors in Gender Studies and Sociology from Muskingum University in 2016. She earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Communication from Ball State in 2018.
Kayla’s research interest uses narrative methodology/storytelling to understand the intersection between uncertainty, identity, and health care context, specifically concerning the areas of medically unrecognized symptoms and diagnosis process (from the perspective of health care professionals). Her previous research has focused on gender communication, autoethnography, and crowdsourcing healthcare opportunities. Kayla plans on using narrative mapping to explore how storytelling can allow for healing and construction of identity for those without medical diagnosis.
When not researching or teaching, Kayla enjoys watching medical tv shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, New Amsterdam, The Resident, 9-11, & 9-11 Reno), cooking with her friends and family, and all things outdoorsy.