PhD Student

Office: Hellems 5

Office Hours: Tue 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or by appointment

Sarah K. Chorley (M.A., University of Arkansas) is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the University of Colorado studying organizational communication; specifically, the intersections among disability and organizing. Sarah’s current research examines the communicative construction and negotiation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and identity in the workplace in order to create a communication-based vocational rehabilitation intervention for adults in intensive OCD treatment. Her other research interests include organizational power, organizational discourse, decision-making, feminist standpoint theory, and applied communication.

In May 2017, Sarah was the recipient of the University of Colorado Communication Department’s “Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award,” in part due to her innovative curriculum creation and creative work with students with disabilities. She was also a speaker at the 2017 annual International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation convention, presenting on communicative strategies that can help adults with OCD succeed in a university setting. Sarah frequently delivers invited lectures at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School for resident physicians on OCD, Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, and the communicative issues adults with disabilities may face in society. Keep an eye out for her most recent publication entitled “Norwegian Magic: Finding Help and Healing for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from an Innovative Approach,” coming out later this year exploring the communicative obsessive-compulsive identity and a new, four-day intensive treatment program for OCD.

Visit her research website at