Research Team

Nicole (Nicki) Piemonte, B.A., M.A.

Nicki PiemonteNicki Piemonte is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. program in Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She received a B.A. in English with a minor in Communication Studies from Arizona State University in 2008 on a four-year Provost scholarship. In 2010,  she earned an M.A. in Health also at Arizona State. She has taught undergraduate curriculum in storytelling/narrative history, family communication, and public speaking.

 Her research activity and interests center on medical ethics, end-of-life issues, narrative medicine, and the role of interdisciplinary studies in health care education.  Before joining the Fisher Mother Daughter team, Piemonte’s previous research focused on the understudied population of young adults who serve as primary caregivers for their dying parents. Piemonte bring personal expertise in mother-daughter communication, caregiving, and cancer. In her senior year of undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, her mother, Joy, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Piemonte became her mother’s caregiver until she passed away in August 2009. She wrote about her experiences in an autoethnography which she extended to explore other caregivers’ experiences while in young adulthood.

She has been honored internationally for this research as a finalists for the 2011 International Communication Association/National Communication Association Amanda Kundrat Health Communication Thesis of the Year Award and the 2011 Communicaton and Aging Division Top Thesis Award. Piemonte began working with Fisher in 2010 as a research assistant on the ASU/Mayo mother-daughter breast cancer project led by Fisher and Pipe. For more information on Piemonte, please see her profile at: http://imh.utmb.edu/education/graduate-program/current-students