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Doug Maynard

Doug Maynard

Using audio and video recordings, I study the practices of talk and interaction in legal, medical and other settings

Professor, sociology College of Letters and Science Work: 608-265-5583 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Doctor-patient interaction: the delivery of diagnostic bad and good news. Also expert in uses of small talk in the medical interview
  • Disability: Interactions involving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. What is autistic intelligence?
  • Legal settings: bargaining and negotiation. I have focused on plea bargaining but also have written a case study of real estate negotiations
  • Requests for "altruistic" acts: participation in the survey interview, donation of tissue from family members of recently deceased persons


  • Author, "Bad News, Good News: Conversational Order in Everyday Talk and Clinical Setting"; co-editor, "Communication in Medical Care: Interaction between Primary Care Physicians and Patients"
  • Author, "Social Actions, Gestalt Coherence, and Designations of Disability: Lessons from and about Autism." Social Problems 52:499-529, 2005.
  • Three departmental teaching awards
  • Conway-Bascom Professor and chair of department