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Communication, Environment, Science and Health Faculty


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Sahara Byrne

Academic and Research Interests
Media effects; media and human development; persuasion; strategic communication.
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Bruce Lewenstein

Professor of Science Communication
Academic and Research Interests
Public communication of, public understanding of, and public engagement in science and technology; history of science communication, science journalism, and science museums; informal science education.
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Neil Lewis, Jr.

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interest
Motivation and goal pursuit processes, particularly as they relate to disparities in education, health, and the environment; behavioral science and policy.
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Academic and Research Interests
Risk communication related to health and the environment, particularly examining the influence of trust and fairness; community engagement in environmental decision making; communication about zoonotic and infectious disease in the context of climate change.
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Poppy McLeod

Professor McLeod serves as the Chair for the Department of Communication.

Academic and Research Interests
Communication within and between groups; persuasion and social influence; information effects in group decision-making; influence of technology on group processes; influence of social identity and emotions in groups.
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Jeff Niederdeppe

Associate Professor
Professor Niederdeppe serves as Director of Graduate Studies.

Academic and Research Interests
Effects of mass media campaigns and news coverage on health behavior and social policy.
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Dawn Schrader

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Privacy issues, including the psychological value of privacy and increasing awareness of privacy implications for the individual and society; adolescent girls' social aggression; the protection of self-integrity and the promotion of ethical behavior in bystanders.
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Jonathon Schuldt

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Environmental and health communication; everyday judgment and decision making; public opinion.