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A list of Ph.D. Students in the Department of Communication

Chelsea Butkowski
Research interests: Gender display and stereotyping; visual communication; social media; computer-mediated communication; political self-expression; media effects; feminist media studies; mixed methods
Julie Cannon
Research interests: Unintended effects of health communication and entertainment media; digital media literacy; mobile health communication; role of embodiment and narrative in persuasion
Oliver Ngai Keung Chan
Research interests: Urban communication; intersection of work and technology; mobile and social media; cultural Identities; media and social movement
Julie Davydova
Research interests: Health, environmental and risk communication; judgment making; attitude and behavior change; persuasion and youth; communication for social change; framing and effect of news stories on the audience
Wen Duan
Research interests: Intercultural communication; computer-mediated communication; intergroup communication and gender studies
Research interests: Academic labor; accessibility and diversity; belonging; digital labor; feminist media studies and intersectional feminist HR practices; intergroup and intragroup communication; the interplay of work and technology; mixed methods
Salma el Idrissi
Research interests: Mass media; social media; identity; values, representations and stereotypes;  media campaigns; communication and public policy; political communication; content analysis
Alex Hinck
Research interests: Social media, identity process, self-concept change, stigma, privacy/visibility, online social support
Jason Holley
Research interests: Environmental, science, and risk communication; constructions of risk in mediated texts such as those about climate change or environmental restoration; spatial dimensions of risk communication and the sociotechnical networks in which discourses are embedded; framing theory; the role(s) of policy infrastructures and controls in mediated risk discourses. 
Hepeng Jia
Research interests: Science communication in social context; role of communication in social and political transformation; science journalism; communication of science controversies; role of communication in shaping policies; Public opinion in China’s sociopolitical transformation
Motasem Kalaji
Research interests: Health communication and messaging; health preventative measures; persuasion theories; human behavior and development; influence of health messages on unhealthy behaviors, misconceptions and negative attitudes around healthy behavior
Negar Khojasteh
Research interests: Human-robot interaction, computer-mediated communication; social networks and social information seeking; teamwork in virtual reality
Byungdoo Kim
Research Interests: Environmental judgment and decision-making, biases in environmental perception and judgment, and virtual embodiment and pro-environmental attitude and behavior
Kaylee Kruzan
Research interests: Computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, therapeutic and behavioral interventions, existential psychology, terror management theory, mixed methods
Catherine Lambert
Research interests: Risk and science communication; risk perception and decision-making in communities in the process of energy development and in the context of natural hazards and disaster preparedness
Theodore Lee
Research interests: Health, persuasion, and quantified human-computer interaction. Currently focusing on tailoring to intrinsic/extrinsic motivations via Fitbit
Xiaoyan Li
Research interests: Cross-cultural communication, inter-group dynamics, computer-mediated communication
Research interests: Discursive work between technology, society, and policy; persuasive elements in media; sociological imagination of technology; the intersection of city life and autonomous technologies
Swati Pandita
Research interests: Human Computer Interaction, virtual reality, avatars & identity, embodied cognition,emotional regulation, & mental health technologies
Bharathy Premachandra
Research interests: Social inequality, social identity, motivation and goal pursuit processes, psychological processes, evidenced-based interventions and policy applications, open science, mixed methods
Amanda Purington
Research interests: Interpersonal communication; computer-mediated communication; health communication; family communication
Megan Sawey
Research interests: Role of technology in companionship; gender; commodification of companionship; digital labor; correlations between new media and social interaction
Melissa Seipel
Research interests: Media effects, entertainment media, entertainment education, narrative persuasion, parasocial interactions, emotions
Christofer Skurka
Research interests: Persuasion, discrete emotion, health behavior, message design and effects, health campaigns, tobacco messaging, climate change communication, health disparities, experimental design
Brett Stoll
Research interest: Human-robot/agent interaction, humor and emotion, interpersonal and group communication theory, computer-mediated communication
Luping Wang
Research interests: Social media; network analysis and visualization; political communication; organizational communication; environmental communication and climate change
Yiwei Xu
Research interests: Media psychology; health risk communication; media and message effects; strategic health messages; narrative communication; health policy
Vincent Chao Yu
Research interests: Social media communication; impression management; network analysis; intergroup evaluation and discrimination
Congcong Zhang
Research interests: Intergroup and intragroup communication, social network analysis, knowledge exchange under computer-mediated contexts