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Melissa Seipel


  • B.A., Brigham Young University
  • M.A., Brigham Young University
  • M.S., Cornell University

Research Interests

Media psychology, narrative engagement, parasocial phenomena, entertainment media, media effects, trust  


  • Seipel, M., Freeman, J., & Brubaker, P. (2017). Key factors in understanding trends in Hollywood product placements from 2005 to 2015. Journal of Promotion Management. doi: 10.1080/10496491.2017.1408525
  • Wilson, C., Callister, M., Seipel, M. (2018). ‘Everything is not Pleasantville’: Reframing public relations encroachment as work group autonomy in higher education. Public Relations Journal, 11(3), 1-22.


  • CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2019
  • Best Paper Abstract, Entertainment Studies Interest Group, AEJMC Midwinter Conference 2017
  • Arthur W. Page Society Case Study Competition, 2nd Place, 2017