Tosin Adebayo, Ph.D.


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Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A. from Western Illinois University
B.A. in English from University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Areas of Expertise

• Intercultural Communication
• Interracial Communication
• Health Communication
• Instructional Communication


Dr. Tosin Adebayo earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2020. She also received her M.A. in Communication from Western Illinois University and a B.A. in English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

As an intercultural and interracial communication scholar, she critically studies Black women’s maternal healthcare experiences. Her research examines how cultural discourses and differences impact the healthcare experiences of Black women. Presently, she is investigating what types of discourses are evoked in African American women’s interactions with healthcare providers during prenatal and postnatal visits. Her long-term research agenda seeks to explore the role of racial and cultural identity and realities in medical interactions, particularly for Black women and immigrant populations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Health Communication, Communication Teacher, Journal of International Students, and Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. For leisure, she likes to sing classical hymns and bake with her girls.

Adebayo, C. T. (2020) Physician-Patient Interactions in Nigeria: A Critical-Cultural Perspective on the Role of Power. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.

Adebayo, C. T., Walker, K., Hawkins, M., Olukotun, O., Shaw, L., Sahlstein Parcell, E…& Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2019). Race and Blackness: A thematic review of communication challenges confronting the Black community within the United States healthcare system. (Published online first). Journal of Transcultural. Nursing 31(4), 397- 405. 

Adebayo, C. T., & Allen, M. (2019). The experiences of international teaching assistants in the U.S. classroom: A qualitative study. (Published online first). Journal of International Students. Retrieved from
Adebayo, C.T. (2019). Teaching perspective taking in intercultural contexts: Encounters with international teaching assistants with foreign accent. Communication Teacher, 34(1), 47- 52.

Allen, M., Bourhis, J., Burrell, N., Benedict, B., Adebayo, C. T., Cherney, M.,…Richards, R. (2018). Evaluation of communication master’s program on the basis of google citations. Journal of Association for Communication Administration, 36(2), 20-28. Retrieved from 5be0878e4d7a9c6daef85f14/1541441426779/JACA+36-2.pdf.