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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







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