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<div class="ExternalClassC03AF0346F4E474D9D5AD1F587039CAE"><p>Joan DelFattore writes about living single in a couples-oriented culture, with emphasis on improving access to health care for adults who are unmarried either by choice or by circumstance. A peer-reviewed scholarly article was published in the <em><a href="">New England Journal of Medicine</a></em> in 2019, showing that patients with cancer are more likely to receive surgery or radiotherapy if they're currently married than if they're divorced, separated, widowed, or never married. Research and personal essays have also appeared in the <em><a href="">Washington Post</a></em>, <em><a href="">Herald Tribune</a></em>, <em><a href="">Psychology Today</a></em>, <em><a href="">Health Psychologist</a></em>, and many more. She gave a TedX talk, "<a href="">Sick While Single Don't Die of Discrimination,</a>" as well as doing a podcast for<em> <a href="">Cure</a> </em>and an interview for <em><a href="">All Things Considered</a>.</em></p><p> </p><p>Her earlier publications include three books with Yale University Press and dozens of articles, mostly about freedom of speech. Her work has won awards from the American Library Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the Spencer Foundation, among others. In addition to speaking at conferences and events throughout the country, she's appeared on dozens of talk shows, notably <em>20/20</em>, <em>Radio Times</em>, <em>Fresh Air</em>, <em>Talk of the Nation</em>, <em>All Things Considered</em>, and the <em>Diane Rehm Show</em>. She holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.S. in clinical psychology from Penn State University, and was a professor at the University of Delaware for more than thirty years. </p><p>After retiring in 2014, DelFattore established a Writing as Healing program at the Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, teaching research-based techniques for using writing to reduce stress and improve quality of life. The program has served more than 600 patients, caregivers, and staff, and in 2017, she added narrative medicine workshops for physicians. She has also created a <a href="">Reflective Healing website</a> offering a brief explanation of therapeutic uses of reflective writing, thoughtful reading of literature, and story-telling. The website also provides links to podcasts, videos, books, medical and psychological studies, and other resources.</p><p> </p><p>DelFattore is an active member of the Cosmos Club, the Wilmington (Delaware) Rotary Club, the International Women's Forum, Mystery Writers of America (New York chapter), and the Authors Guild. She divides her time between her home in Newark, Delaware, and New York City. </p></div><div class="ExternalClass2278B7B9BC974E45BDB9930DD7A1E185"><p> <a href="">Easy Listening</a>. Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. 19 March 2021.</p><p>(2020) <a href="">Dispelling Myths About Unmarried Patients with Cancer</a>. <em>Indian J Cancer</em>, 57(4), pp. 367-9.  DOI<strong>:</strong> 10.4103/ijc.IJC_110_20.</p><p><a href="">Tales from the Crypt: Living Single 40 Years Ago</a>. <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 16 November 2020.</p><p><a href="">The Princess and the Narcissist: Matrimania in Classic Opera</a>. <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 14 June 2020.</p><p><a href="">Female and Single: A Double Whammy for Cancer Care</a>. <em>Healthy Women</em>. 18 May 2020.</p><p><a href="">Singles Say They're Better Prepared to Self-Quarantine, but Many Fear Getting Short-Changed in Medical Treatment</a><em> Washington Post</em>, 11 April 2020.</p><p><a href="">Politicians Act Like People without Families Don't Have Support. They Couldn't Be More Wrong</a>. <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em>, 1 April 2020.</p><p><a href="">Single with COVID-19: Will You Get the Treatment You Need</a>? <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 22 March 2020.</p><p>(2019). <a href="">Death by Stereotype? Cancer Treatment in Unmarried Patients</a>. <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, <em>381</em>(10), pp. 982-985. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMms1902657.</p><p> </p><p><a href="">How Cancer Treatment Varies with Marital Status and Why it Shouldn't</a> <em>The Health Psychologist</em>, 26 November 2019.</p><p> </p><p><a href="">Fighting Physician Bias Against Unmarried Patients with Cancer</a> (podcast).  <em>Cure</em>. September 26, 2019.</p><p><a href="">Q&A with Sarah Williams</a>. <em>i3Health News and Perspectives</em>. 12 Sept. 2019.</p><p><a href="">Q&A with Bella DePaulo, Ph.D</a>. Medium. 9 September 2019/1 September 2020.</p><p> </p><p><a href="">Interview</a>. <em>Indian Journal of Cancer</em>, 56(4), pp. 381-383. </p><p><a href="">How to Find the Right Specialist</a>. <em>Folks Magazine</em>. 28 Feb. 2019.</p><p><a href="">Point of Departure</a>. Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. 8 April 2019. </p><p><a href="">How Single People are Shortchanged in the Health Care System</a>. Co-authored with Bella DePaulo, Ph.D. <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 10 March 2019. </p><p><a href="">Why Cancer Treatment Can Differ for Those Who Aren't  Married</a> (radio interview). <em>All Things Considered</em>. NPR. December 9, 2018.</p><p> </p><p><a href="">If You’re Single with Cancer, You May Get Less Aggressive Treatment Than a Married Person</a>. Washington Post, 30 November 2018.</p><p> </p><p>"<a href="">Singlism in American Medicine</a>." Co-authored with Bella DePaulo, Ph.D. <em>The Health Psychologist</em>, 13 November 2018.</p><p><a href="">Revolutionary to Retro: Reading, Then Meeting, Erica Jong</a>. <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 13 November 2018. </p><p> </p><p><a href="">Life After The Sell-By Date</a>. <em>Folks Magazine</em>. 24 August 2018.</p><p> </p><p><a href="">When Singlism Wears a White Coat: Discrimination Against Singles in the Health Care System.</a> <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 21 March 2018.</p><p><a href="">Stop Asking People Whether They're Married -- Even as an Icebreaker.</a> Co-authored with Bella DePaulo, PhD. <em>Quartz</em>. 21 Sept. 2017. </p><p><a href="">We're Single, So What</a> <em>Singular Magazine</em>, August 3, 2017. Reprinted as <a href="">Reality Check: Some Single Travelers Don't Want or Need Special Treatment.</a> Medium. 1 September 2020.</p><p><a href="">Confronting Singlism in the Psychology Classroom.</a> <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today. 2 May 2017. <a href="">Please, Doctor, Don't Rush on My Account.</a> <em>KevinMD</em>. Medpage Today, 31 Jan. 2017. </p><p><a href="">Good God, The Swine Have Got Daddy.</a> Mystery Writers of America (New York Chapter), 30 Jan. 2017. </p><p><a href="">I'm 70 and Single. I Have a Strong Support System. But When I Got Sick, It Wasn't Enough.</a> <em>So lo-ish</em>. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2016; reprinted as <a href="">Medical System Could Be More Singles-Friendly,</a>  Herald Tribune, 29 Nov. 2016. </p><p><a href="">Patients without Partners, and the Doctors Who Stereotype Us.</a> <em>KevinMD</em>. Medpage Today, 21 Nov. 2016; reprinted in <a href="">The Medical Republic</a>, 23 Nov. 2016. </p><p><a href="">Why I'm Single, Then and Now.</a> <em>Living Single</em>. Psychology Today, 12 Nov. 2016. </p><p><a href="">In a Hospital, Friends Are Not People</a>. Medium. 31 October 2016/1 September 2019.<br></p></div>Articlesjdel@udel.eduDelFattore, Joan<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_DelFattore-Joan-2016_180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />EmeritusB.A. English, Caldwell College; M.A. English, Saint Bonaventure University; M.S. Psychology, Penn State University; Ph.D. English, Penn State University



Knowledge in the Making: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America's Schools and UniversitiesDelFattore, JoanYale University PressNew Haven2010 free are students and teachers to express unpopular ideas in public schools and universities? Not free enough, Joan DelFattore suggests. The book explores a wide range of topics that have fractured school and university communities: homosexuality-themed children's books, research on race-based intelligence, the teaching of evolution, the regulation of hate speech, and more. In particular, the book explains why the speech of public university professors and K-12 teachers enjoys less protection than does the speech of their students.jdel
The Fourth R: Conflicts Over Religion in America's Public SchoolsDelFattore, JoanYale University PressNew Haven2004 to popular belief, God has certainly not been kicked out of the public schools. What is banned is state-sponsored prayer, not the religious speech of the students themselves. But as news stories, political speeches, and lawsuits amply demonstrate, this approach has by no means resolved the long-standing debate over religion in public education. While some people challenge the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, with its reference to "one nation under God," others view school shootings and the terrorism of 9/11 as evidence that organized prayer must once again become part of the official school day. In this book, Joan DelFattore traces the evolution of school-prayer battles from the early 1800s, when children were beaten or expelled for refusing to read the King James Bible, to current disputes over prayer at public-school football games. Underlying these events, she shows, is a struggle to balance two of the most fundamental tenets of Americanism: majority rule and individual rights. Her highly readable book explores the enduring tension between people of good will who wish the schools to promote majoritarian beliefs, and equally well-meaning (and often religious) people who deplore any governmental influence in religious matters.jdel
What Johnny Shouldn't Read: Textbook Censorship in AmericaDelFattore, JoanYale University PressNew Haven1992 book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the ways in which advocacy groups influence the content of textbooks used in public and private schools throughout the country. Some of these challenges come from ultraconservative activists who oppose evolution, racial and ethnic equality, nontraditional gender roles, pacifism, and a host of other issues that contradict their religious, political, or social views. Other protests originate with ultraliberal activists whose goal is to eliminate all negative or traditional descriptions of racial, ethnic, religious, or gender groups. The book focuses on recent federal lawsuits involving attempts to censor or ban biology, geology, history, home economics, literature, psychology, reading, and social studies textbooks. It also explains how advocacy groups in Texas and California pressure their state Boards of Education to demand that sections of textbooks be eliminated or rewritten as a condition of selling the books in those states. Because California and Texas are such important markets, publishers almost always make the required changes in the books, which are then sold nationwide. As a result, the content of American textbooks is heavily influenced by political and economic forces as well as by educational considerations.jdel





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