Jean S. Mason, PhD (McGill 2000) is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Communication. Her current research focuses on health communication; specifically, she is the principal investigator on a project that examines the way TB patients used expressive rhetoric to build a highly successful therapeutic community in the pre-pharmacological era of tuberculosis sanatoria. The project further explores related applications in contemporary settings. Prior to studying health narratives, her doctoral research focused on the process of self-expression in digital media. She has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diverse areas including business and organizational communication, science communication, expressive writing, and communication theory. She is also a faculty member of the joint Ryerson-York graduate program in Communication and Culture, and served as Graduate Program Director of Ryerson’s Master of Professional Communication from 2009-2012.