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Delayo successfully defends master thesis


CAS graduate student Mike Delayo today successfully defended his master's thesis, "'I Definitely Want To Thank My Psychiatrist': Digital Mental Health Disclosures in Professional Sports." Opening with a brief history of the body, mind, and sport relationship, Mr. Delayo's thesis investigates sports culture’s problematic treatment of mental health and how that may be changing. After synthesizing disciplinary treatments of "rhetorical persona" across several decades, Mr. Delayo offers extended, close readings of digitally mediated statements by Australian WNBA star Liz Cambage and a YouTube vlog created by professional esports competitor Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera. Mr. Delayo bookends those two contemporary cases with analyses of previous disclosures by Ron Metta Sandiford-Artest of the NBA and former MLB pitcher Pete Harnisch. Dr. Rosa Eberly directed Delayo's thesis with assists from Dr. Michele Kennerly and Dr. Abe Khan.

Congratulations, Mike!