Ph.D. Communication

Communication, Ph.D.

Doctoral Program

About the Program

Engaged Research, Immersive Experience, Positive Action

Collaborate across content and creative areas, methodological orientations, and platforms of expression for engaged scholarship and immersive experience, globally and locally.

The doctoral program in the School of Communication at the University of Miami will prepare you for careers in higher education, non-profits and business. You may choose from health, environmental, international, intercultural, and organizational communication as well as from journalism studies and media development to create an appropriate combination for your career goals.

You will engage with communication theory, research, and practice using public relations and journalism, with particular attention to new and social media for social and behavioral change. This will be your niche: conducting research, engaging in immersive experience, and translating these into evaluation-based practice for the well being of community, society and the world.

Showcase Your Talents

The School's Center for Communication, Culture, and Change, whose mission is communication for positive change in global and local communities, will be your research hub. The Center seeks to address urgent societal issues, local and global. Its projects are geared towards discovering communication's contribution to accelerated but sustainable, participatory change, using both formative and evaluation research.

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Featured Ph.D. Student Achievements

Our doctoral students have published in several top tier journals such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Advertising, Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, and others. Their research has also appeared in various book chapters.

Bartholomew, D. (2016). MetricsMan: It doesn’t count unless you can count it. In Z. Chen (Ed.). New York, NY: Business Expert Press.

Cabieses, B., Julian, S., Mejia, F., Farach, N., Faba, G., Cortinois, A., & Freel, S. (2014). Young leaders in public health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Insights from the eSAC project. Revista Panamericana De Salud Pública, 36(4), 279-280.

Carcioppolo, N., Yang, F., & Yang, Q. (2016). Reducing, maintaining, or escalating uncertainty? The development and validation of four uncertainty preference scales related to cancer information seeking and avoidance. Journal of Health Communication, 21(9), 979-988.

Carcioppolo, N., Chudnovskaya, E. V., Martinez Gonzalez, A., & Stephan, T. (2014). In-group rationalizations of risk and indoor tanning: A textual analysis of an online forum. Public Understanding of Science, 25(5), 627-636.

Carcioppolo, N., Li, C., Chudnovskaya, E., Kharsa, R., Stephan, T., & Nickel, K. (2016). The comparative efficacy of a hybrid guilt-fear appeal and a traditional fear appeal to influence HPV vaccination intentions. Communication Research.

Chen, Z., & Reber, B. H. (in press). Examining public responses to social media crisis communication strategies in the United States and China. In L. Austin & Y. Jin (Eds.), Social media and crisis communication. New York, NY: Routledge.

Chen, Z., Ji, Y., & Stacks, D. (Forthcoming). Standardization for PR research and measurement. In H. Chen (Ed.), 100 Questions for Public Relations Research.

Chen, Z., Ji, Y., & Stacks, D. W. (Forthcoming). Standardization of public relations research and measurement (in Chinese). In Chen, X. (Ed.), The imagination of public relations. Beijing, China: Peking University Press.

Chen, Z., Ji, Y., Li, Z., & Stacks, D. (2015). Social media crisis in the global age: Lessons from
the Siemens “Refrigerator Gate” in China. In C. Liberman, T. Avtgis, & D. Rodriguez (Eds.), Casing risk and crisis communication. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Chen, Z., Stacks, D., Ji, Y., & Yook, B. (Forthcoming). Cargill’s Indonesian palm oil sustainability program. In Turk, J. V. & Valin, J.(Eds.), Public relations case studies from around the world (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Chen, Z., Stacks, D. W., Ji, Y., Yook, B., Fernandez, M., & Blackeman, B. (Forthcoming). Evaluating and the excellence of Cargill Palm Oil Sustainability Program. In J. V. Turk & J. Valin (Eds.), Public relations case studies from around the world (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Chudnovskaya, E. V., & O’Hara, L. S. (2016). Experiences of Danish business expatriates in Russia: Power distance in organizational communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 45(4), 261-281.

Dubey, S. Y. (2016). Women at the bottom in India: Women workers in the informal economy. Contemporary Voice of Dalit, 8(1), 30-40.

Dutton, M. T., Lopez, I. A., Brown, C. P., & Simmons, J. V. (2015). Interdisciplinary synergy in the teaching of applied community-based research methods. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 1(3), 158-163.

Evans, C., Turner, K., Blake, H., Juma, A., Suggs, L.S., & Occa, A. (2015). Text messaging to encourage uptake of HIV testing amongst African communities: Findings from a theory based feasibility study. HIV Medicine, 16(S2), 54.

Evans, C., Turner, K., Suggs, L. S., Occa, A., Juma, A., & Blake, H. (2016). Developing a mHealth intervention to promote uptake of HIV testing among African communities in the UK: A qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 656.

Farach, N., Faba, G., Julian, S., Mejía, F., Cabieses, B., D'Agostino, M., & Cortinois, A. A. (2015). Stories from the field: The use of information and communication technologies to address the health needs of underserved populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. JMIR Public Health Surveill, 1(1), e1.

Idrees, Z. (2011). Human rights: Historicity and evolution. Journal of Human Rights Commission.

Ji, Y., Chen, Z., Li, C., & Stacks, D. W. (in press). What’s ROI got to do with it? In S. Duhe (Ed.), New media and public relations (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Ji, Y., Chen, Z., Li, Z., & Stacks, D. W. (Forthcoming). Instructor's manual. In D. W. Stacks (Ed.), Primer of public relations research (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Ji, Y., Li, Z., Chen, Z, & Stacks, D. W. (Forthcoming). Research and evaluation in strategic
communication. In Botan, C. (Ed.), The international handbook of strategic communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Ji, Y., Li, Z., Liu, J., & Stacks, D. (2015). Political ethics. In G. H. Stempel III & T. K. Hargrove (Eds.), The 21st-century voter: Who votes, how they vote and why they vote. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Corporate.

Julian, S. (2015). Case study on tobacco control health promotion in Jamaica. In Green, J., Tones, K., Cross, R., & Woodall, J. (Eds), Health promotion: Planning & strategies - Companion website (3rd ed.). London, UK: Sage

Leopold, J. (2015). “A Rio for whom?” National and international coverage of Brazil’s awakening: A textual analysis. Gnovis, 16(1).

Li, Z., Liu, J., Ji, Y., & Stacks, D. (2015). Role social media in political campaign. In G. H. Stempel III & T. K. Hargrove (Eds.), The 21st-century voter: Who votes, how they vote and why they vote. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Corporate.

Liu, J., Ji, Y., Li, Z., & Stacks, D. (2015). Social media with one aspect of politics. In G. H. Stempel III & T. K. Hargrove (Eds.), The 21st-century voter: Who votes, how they vote and why they vote. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Corporate.

Liu, J., Li, C., Carcioppolo, N., & North, M. (2016). Do our Facebook friends make us feel worse? A study of social comparison and emotion. Human Communication Research, 42(4), 619-640.

Morgan, S. E., Occa, A., Mouton A., & Potter, J. (2016). The role of nonverbal behaviors in clinical trial recruitment. Health Communication, 17, 1-9.

Morgan, S. E., Mouton, A., Occa, A., & Potter, J. (2016). Clinical trial and research study recruiters’ verbal communication behaviors. Journal of Health Communication, 21(7), 765-772.

North, M., Li., C., Ji, Y., & Liu, J. (accepted). Using Twitter for crisis communication: A content analysis of Fortune 500 companies. In L. Austin & Y. Jin (Eds.), Social media and crisis communication. New York, NY: Routledge.

North, M., Li., C., Yang, F., & Liu, J. (2016). Brand community management via Google+. In A. Hutchins & N. Tindall (Eds.), Public relations and participatory culture: Fandom, social media, and community engagement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Occa, A., & Suggs, L. S. (2015). Communicating breast cancer screening with young women: An experimental test of didactic and narrative messages using video and infographics. Journal of Health Communication, 21(1), 1-11.

Segev, S., Fernandes, J., & Hong, C. (2016). Is your product really green? A content analysis to reassess green advertising. Journal of Advertising, 45(1), 85-93.

Simmons, J. V., Lee, T., Simmons, M. V., & Lopez, I. (2014). Nurses' knowledge and attitudes towards victims of sexual trafficking. Florida Public Health Review, 11, 68-72.

Snell, K. & Zhou, C. (2015). Predicting acculturative orientations of American college students toward others. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 44(3), 179-200.

Stacks, D. W., Chen, Z., Yook, B., & Ji, Y. (Forthcoming). Communication Effects. In R. L. Heath & W. Johansen (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Strategic Communication. Wiley-Blackwell.

Suggs, L.S., Rangelov, N., Schmeil, A., Occa, A., Bardus, M., Radchuk, O., & Dianat, S. (2013). E-health services. In R. Mansell, P. H. Ang, C. Steifield, S. van der Graaf, P. Ballon, A. Kerr, … D. J. Grimshaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication & Society, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Talib, S., & Idrees, Z. (2012). Pakistani media and dis-empowerment of women. In
Carilli, T., & Campbell, J (Eds.), Challenging Images of Women in the Media. Lexington Books.

Yang, F., & Li, C. (2016). The color of gender stereotyping: The congruity effect of topic, color, and gender on health messages’ persuasiveness in cyberspace. Computers in Human Behavior, 64, 299-307.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2015). Benefits of a negative post: Effects of computer-mediated venting on relationship maintenance. Computers in Human Behavior, 52, 271-277.

Yang, Q., & Yang, F. (Forthcoming). Biomedical data. In L. A. Schintler & C. L. McNeely (Eds.), Encyclopedia of big data. New York, NY: Springer.

Yang, Q, Snell, K., & Tsai, W.S. (2014). Understanding consumer animosity in the politicized global market: From the perspective of young transnational consumers. Journal of International Consumer Marketing, 27(3), 220-236.

Yang, Q., Yang, F., & Zhou, C. (2015). What health-related information flows through you every day? A content analysis of microblog messages on air pollution. Health Education, 115(5), 438-454.

Yook, B., Chen, Z., & Stacks, D. W. (Forthcoming). Measuring and evaluating media: Traditional and social media. In V. Luoma-aho & M. J. Canel (Eds.), Handbook of Public Sector Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Zain-ul-abdin, K. & Ali, K. (in press). Using Facebook for sexual health social marketing in conservative Asian countries: A systematic examination. Journal of Health Communication.

Zain-ul-abdin, K. & Ali, K. (in press). Bi-directional consumer preferences of the Asian American Consumer. International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology.

Zhou, C. & Mastin, T. (2014). Chinese, U.S. Newspapers differ in use of news frames. Newspaper Research Journal, 35(3), 52-65.

Our doctoral students have presented their research at mainstream communication conferences many times including AEJMC, NCA, ICA, IAMCR, and others.

Carcioppolo, N., Occa, A., & Chudnovskaya, E. (2016, November). When is it OK to joke? Specifying how and when humor may be a more appropriate message frame than fear. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Carcioppolo, N., Yang, F., & Yang, Q. (2015, November). Reducing, maintaining, or escalating uncertainty? The development and validation of four uncertainty preference scales related to cancer information seeking and avoidance. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Chen, Z. (2016, August). Constructing corporate responsibility and relationships: Analyzing CEO letters in annual reports by ExxonMobil and Chevron. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Minneapolis, MN.

Chen, Z. (2014, March). Examining the effects of gender and response strategy in social media crisis communication: Evidence from China. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Chen, Z., & Hong, C. (2015, August). To whom do they listen? The effects of communication strategy and eWOM on consumer responses. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA.

Chen, Z., & Reber, B. H. (2014, October). Examining public responses to social media crisis communication strategies in the United States and China. Paper presented at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference, Washington, D.C.

Chen, Z., & Reber, B. H. (2014, February). Public responses to social media crisis communication strategies in China: An examination of the applicability of Situational Crisis Communication Theory. Paper presented at the Mid-Winter conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Norman, OK.

Chen, Z., & Stacks, D. W. (2015, March). Crisis response strategies, stakeholders, and news coverage: A case study of Target’s data breach crisis. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Chen, Z., & Tao, W. (2016, June). Hybrid strategy—integration or interference? How corporate communication impacts consumers’ memory and company evaluation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Chen, Z., Hong, C., & Occa, A. (2015, November). The effects of corporate social responsibility on organization-employee relationships: The moderating role of perceived fit. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Chen, Z., Hong, C., & Occa, A. (2016, March). CSR as an international relationship management strategy: Linking CSR, organizational-employee relationships, and employee behavioral outcomes. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Chen, Z., Ji, Y., & Men, L. R. (2016, March). Strategic use of social media for stakeholder engagement in startup companies in China: A triangulated analysis. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Chen, Z., Ji, Y., & Men, L. (2016, March). Social media engagement with startup companies in China: A triangulation approach. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.   

Chen, Z., Hong, C., Zhou, C., & Yang, Q. (2015, March). Fortune 500 companies’ content strategies and relationship outcomes on YouTube. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Chudnovskaya, E. (2016, April). Development of HIV/AIDS prevention campaign in Guatemala. Paper presented at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference, Miami, FL.

Chudnovskaya, E. V., & O’Hara, L. (2015, November). Indulgence versus restraint in Russia: Reflections on a new cultural dimension. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Chudnovskaya, E. V., & O’Hara, L. (2014, November). Experiences of Danish business expatriates in Russia: Power distance in organizational communication. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Chicago, IL.

Dubey, S. Y. (2015, January). Women at the bottom in India: Women workers in the informal economy. Paper presented at the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies (SAMCS) conference, Tallahassee, FL.

Gogo, O., Chen, Z., & Reber, B. H. (2013, August). Replication in public relations research: A 20-year review. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Washington, D.C.

Harrison, T. R., Yang, F., Anderson, D., Morgan, S. E., & Caban-Martinez, A. J. (2016, April). Building a culture of cancer prevention in South Florida Firefighters: Changes and challenges in exposure and bunker gear cleaning. Paper presented at the biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), Lexington, KY.

Hong, C. (2016, March). Personality as a moderator of the relationship between role ambiguity, role conflict, and organization-public relationship. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Hong, C., & Li, C. (2016, November). Will you be there for me no matter what? A study of online social support interactions between nonprofit organizations and their publics. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Hong, C., & Li, C. (2016, June). The effect of “Anonymous Consumers”: A study of anonymity, affect intensity, and message valence in the cyberspace. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Hong, C., & Li, C. (2016, January). What factors influence consumers’ evaluations of a company’s corporate social advocacy? A test of a triad-relationship framework. Paper presented at the 8th International Forum on Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD), Wellington, New Zealand.

Hong, C., Chen, Z., & Li, C. (2016, August). “Liking” and being “liked”: How personality traits affect people’s giving and receiving ‘likes’ on Facebook? Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Minneapolis, MN.

Ji, Y. (2014, August). Internet-mediated relationship management in local nonprofit fundraising. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Montreal, Canada.

Ji, Y., & Li, C. (2015, August). Too much of a good thing: When does two-way symmetric communication become unhelpful? Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA.

Ji, Y., & Liu, J. (2015, May). From perception to engagement: Mediation effect of interactivity on organization-public relationships outcomes and stakeholders’ online behaviors. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.

Ji, Y., Liu, J., & Martinez, R. (2014, March). Why won’t you “Like” us: An analysis of university-student relationship cultivation on Facebook fan page engagement. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Julian, S. (2012, October). Perspectives and experiences of the eSAC young professionals. Paper presented at the 9th Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information (CRICS 9), Washington, DC.

Julian, S. & Tran, L. (2016, October). An evaluation of games for advocacy in health and human rights. Paper to be presented at the International Academic Conference on Meaningful Play, East Lansing, MI.

Kirch, K. (2016, November). “There are more toothbrushes than teeth in the South”: Online memes as a rural-urban battleground. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Kirch, K. (2016, July). “This is the way you, Estonians, see us.” The audience reception and construction of Seto identity in the film Taarka. Paper presented at the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Leicester, UK.

Kirch, K. (2016, July). Rurality (s)nailed down: The portrayal of Estonian village life in Afanasjev’s poetry collection. Paper presented at the 9th International Central and East European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM), Tartu, Estonia.

Kirch, K. (2016, April). Opening the windows to Europe: The Erosion of Sovietism in Tallinn’s urban image. Paper presented at the annual conference of Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), Austin, TX.

Kirch, K. (2015, April). The heroic other: Depiction of Seto Heroine Taarka in the Eponymous film. Paper presented at the annual conference of Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), Tampa, FL.

Kirch, K. (2014, August). “A despised woman and a worshipped singer”: The representation and reception of indigenous Seto women in the film Taarka. Paper presented at the biennial conference of European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Tallinn, Estonia.

Kirch, K. (2013, October). Convergence cultures: good or bad news for endangered languages? Paper presented at the annual convention of Florida Communication Association (FCA), Orlando, FL.

Li, C., & Liu, J. (2015, August). What’s in a name? A reexamination of personalized communication effects. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA.

Li, C., & Liu, J. (2013, June). Social networking sites as cultural products: A test with Facebook and Renren. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), London, UK.

Li, C., Liu, J., & Hong, C. (2016, March). Personalized advertising redefined and retested: Do consumers’ preference stability and extremity matter? Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA), Seattle, WA.

Li, C., Liu, J., & Li, Z. (2014, May). Facebook versus Renren: How Chinese students depend on different social networking sites for acculturation into the American society. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Seattle, WA.

Li, C., Stacks, D., Ji, Y., & Liu, J. (2014, March). #Socialmedia’s #impact on #Fortune500companies. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Li, Z., Ji, Y., & Liu, J. (2015, March). Big data for public relations practice – technical, analytical and practical use: A demonstration. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Liu, J. (2015, May). Sina Weibo use by public sectors in China. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.

Liu, J., & Yang, Q. (2016, November). Culture, media, and political participation: A multi-level analysis of World Value Survey (WVS). Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Liu, J., North, M., & Li, C. (2016, June). From fun to fan: Examining relationship building and public engagement on company Facebook pages by using a uses and gratifications approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Liu, J., Li, C., Ji, Y., North, M., & Yang, F. (2015, March). Like it or not: The Fortune 500’s Facebook strategies to generate engagement from users. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA), Chicago, IL.

Martinez, R., Leopold, J., Baugh-Harris, S., & Eszenyi, M. (2015, November). Women “embracing opportunities” and overcoming barriers in social movements throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Mejia, M., Erazo, C., Andrade, F., Farach N, & Julian, S. (2011, December). EHealth: Exploring innovation and collaboration in The Americas. Paper presented at the mHealth Summit conference, Washington, D.C.

Men, R. L., Ji, Y., & Chen, Z. (2016, November). Dialogues with entrepreneurs in China: how startup companies cultivate relationships with strategic publics? Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Morgan, S. E., Mouton, A., Occa, A., Leopold, J., & Peter, M. (2015). Research study recruiters’ perceptions of barriers to the accrual of unserved populations. Poster session presented at the meeting of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Retreat, Miami, FL.

Morgan, S. E., Occa, A., Leopold, J., Mouton, A., & Peter M. (2015, November). “Like a chameleon”: Clinical trial and research study recruiters’ verbal and nonverbal communication strategies. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

North, M., Yang, F., Li, C., & Stacks, D. (2015, March). Plusses, shares, and comments: A study of the public’s engagement on google+. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Occa, A., (2016, February). A textual analysis of HPV vaccine educational videos targeting adolescents on YouTube. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Media+Health Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Occa, A., & Leopold, J. (2016, February). “You’ve been nominated!” Using social ties to strategically influence engagement in social marketing interventions. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Media+Health Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Occa, A., & Morgan, S. E. (2016, November). Structure, materials, and outcomes of training programs for improving clinical trials communication: a systematic review. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Occa, A., & Morgan, S. E. (2016, May). L’arte e la scienza di coinvolgere i pazienti nella ricerca medica: utilizzare le esperienze dei reclutatori professionisti per integrare le scelte strategiche di medici e direttori scientifici. Convegno dell’Associazione Alessandro Liberati/Network Italiano Cochrane. Rome, Italy.

Occa, A., Morgan, S. E., & Potter, J. (2016, November). Underrepresentation of minorities in clinical trials: recruiters’ perspectives. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Occa A., & Sugg, S. L. (2014, May). Confronto tra strategie comunicative su canali digitali nel parlare di tumore al seno alle giovani donne. Convegno dell’Associazione Alessandro Liberati/Network Italiano Cochrane, Milan, Italy.

Orrego Dunleavy, V., Phillips, J., Chudnovskaya, E., & Julian McFarlane, S. (2016, November). Applying the PEN-3 cultural sensitivity model to address HIV/AIDS in rural Guatemala. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Ramaprasad, J., & Zhou, C. (2015, May). Improving doctor-patient interactions: Using theory-based research to address the treatment of the Roma in Macedonia. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.

Ramaprasad, J., Occa, A., & Leopold, J. (2015, July). Indian journalists on new media technological changes, censorship and control, prestige. Paper presented at the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Montreal, Canada.

Segev, S., Fernandes, J., & Hong, C. (2015, August). A content analysis of green advertising: What has changed in twenty years? Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA

Seelig, M., Millette, D., Zhou, C., & Huang, J. (2014, November). An updated look at civic engagement trends and advocacy of social issues on non-profit websites. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Chicago, IL.

Simmons, J. V. (2014, September). Payday lenders and the historically black colleges & universities community: Impact of proximity & alternative options. Paper presented at the annual conference of Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition (SRABC), New Orleans, LA.

Snell, K. (2016, November). Online dating: Does your smartphone affect your love life? Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Snell, K. (2016, March). Interracial couples in television dramas: Heteronormative ideals, stereotypes, and dialogue about race. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) American Culture Association, Seattle, WA.

Snell, K. (2015, October). News media framing of the migration of Central American children across the U.S.-Mexico Border. Paper presented at the annual Tri-University Conference (UM, FIU, FAU) held at Florida International University, Miami, FL.   

Snell, K. (2015, May). Understanding the American k-pop fandom. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.

Snell, K. (2015, August). A critical discourse analysis of news media framing of the migration of Central American children across the U.S.-Mexico border. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Montreal, Canada.

Snell, K., & Zhou, C. (2014, November). Predicting acculturative orientations of American college students toward others. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Chicago, IL.

Tsai, W. S., & Snell, K. (2016, March). Asian American beauty? Negotiating exoticization and Americanization to construct a bicultural identity. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA), Seattle, WA.

Wendorf, J., & Zhou, C. (2015, November). Mindfulness-based intervention and health behavior change: A randomized control trial examining the benefits of mindfulness on health care professionals. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Yang, F. (2016, November). Health disparities in cognitive and behavioral status of cancer prevention between Chinese and other Asian Americans: Hints for cancer communication improvement. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Yang, F. (2016, November). Designing effective gain-/loss-framed messages for breast cancer screening: A meta-analytic review. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Yang, F. (2016, June). The more the better? Examining multi-media effect on organizational health message dissemination. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Yang, F. (2016, June). I will follow my heart: Examining the role of beliefs on cancer information seeking behaviors. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Yang, F. (2016, March). Love you, love your words: Examining the role of organizational identification in organizational health information dissemination. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Yang, F., & Li, C. (2015, November). Pink or blue, that is the question: The congruity effect of topic, color, and gender on health message persuasiveness. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Yang, F. & Yang, Q. (2014, October). I'd rather get rid of it: An analysis of cancer information seeking behaviors. Paper presented at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) Research and Teaching Forum, Orlando, FL.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2016, June). Power of media: Exploring the indirect effects of media on genetic testing among Hispanic/Latino children. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2015, November). Cross-cultural learning in gameplay: BaFa’ BaFa’ and the exploration of intercultural sensitivity. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2015, November). Benefits of a negative post: Effects of computer-mediated venting on relationship maintenance. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Yang, F., Wendorf, J., & Yang, Q. (2015, November). Exploring environmental health on Weibo: A textual analysis of framing haze-related stories on Chinese social media. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2015, May). Framing autism: A content analysis of five major news frames in U.S.-based newspapers. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2015, March). Women’s online experience: Computer-mediated emotional well-being and relationship maintenance. Presented at presented at the Mid-Winter conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Norman, OK.

Yang, F., & Wendorf, J. (2014, April). Use of Facebook to mitigate negative feelings. Paper presented at the annual convention of Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Las Vegas, NV.

Yang, Q., & Liu, J. (2015, November). Health means different across cultures: A multilevel model analyzing self-report health status using world values survey. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, IL.

Yang, Q., & Yang, F. (2014, October). Are you perturbed by air pollution? A mediated moderation model testing microblogging messages effects. Paper presented at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) Research and Teaching Forum, Orlando, FL.

Yang, Q., Snell, K., & Tsai, W.S. (2014, August). Understanding consumer animosity in the politicized global market: From the perspective of young transnational consumers. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Washington, D.C.

Yang, Q., Yang, F., & Zhou, C. (2014, April). What health-related information flows through you every day? A content analysis of microblog messages on air pollution. Paper presented at the biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), Lexington, KY.

Yook, B. (2016, October). The potential “negative” impact of Twitter in crisis communication: An examination of three cases. Paper to be presented at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Zain-ul-abdin, K., & Ali, K. (2015, September). Bi-directional consumer preferences of the Asian American Consumer. Paper presented at the International Conference on Applied Business and Economics (ICABE), Los Angeles, CA.

Zain-ul-abdin, K., Ali, K., & Khan, S. (2015, October). Lahore waste management company: Android attendance. Paper presented at the annual conference of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA), Orlando, FL.

Zain-ul-abdin, K., Ali, K., & Khan, S. (2015, April). The eye of the beholder: Perceptions of explicitness in sexual health advertisements in Pakistan - An empirical study. Poster session presented at the biennial DC Health Communication Conference (DCHC), Washington D.C.

Zhou, C. (2016, November). Predicting short- and long-term smoking intentions among adolescents in China. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA.

Zhou, C. (2016, June). Effects from smoking-related media messages on Chinese adolescent smoking: testing the mediating role of perceived descriptive peer norms. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Zhou, C. (2015, November). Predicting acculturation of American college students with stereotype and counter-stereotype messages. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Zhou, C. (2015, May). An examination of self-esteem and media stereotype on American students’ discrimination and aggression toward Asian international students. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.

Zhou, C., & Ramaprasad, J. (2015, November). A content analysis of censored versus uncensored content on Weibo. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Zhou, C., Yang, F., & Yang, Q. (2015, March). How to respond? This is a question: A content analysis of CDC’s response to the 2014 Ebola pandemic crisis. Paper presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Miami, FL.

Zhou, C., Yang, Q., & Yang, F. (2015, November). Crisis communicator and health informer: A content analysis of the CDC’s messages in the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Las Vegas, NV.

Our doctoral students have won several top paper awards at national and international communication conferences.

Chen, Z. (2015). Don Bartholomew Award for Excellence in Public Relations Research, Institute for Public Relations & Ketchum, Inc.

Chen, Z., & Hong, C. (2015, August). To whom do they listen? The effects of communication strategy and eWOM on consumer responses. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Top Student Paper, San Francisco, CA.

Chudnovskaya, E. V., & O’Hara, L. (2015, November). Indulgence versus restraint in Russia: Reflections on a new cultural dimension. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Top Student Paper, Las Vegas, NV.

Chudnovskaya, E. V., & O’Hara, L. (2014, November). Experiences of Danish business expatriates in Russia: Power distance in organizational communication. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Top Student Paper, Chicago, IL.

Ji, Y. (2014, August). Internet-mediated relationship management in local nonprofit fundraising. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Top Student Paper, Montreal, Canada.

Morgan, S. E., Occa, A., Leopold, J., Mouton, A., & Peter M. (2015, November). “Like a chameleon”: Clinical trial and research study recruiters’ verbal and nonverbal communication strategies. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Top Paper Award, Las Vegas, NV.

Orrego Dunleavy V., Phillips J., & Chudnovskaya E. (2016). HIV/AIDS prevention among Tz'Utujil Maya in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala: Using a community-based participatory approach to campaign design. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Top Paper Award, Philadelphia, PA.

Occa, A., & Morgan, S. E. (2016, November). Structure, materials, and outcomes of training programs for improving clinical trials communication: a systematic review. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Top Paper Award, Philadelphia, PA.

Snell, K. (2015, October). News media framing of the migration of Central American children across the U.S.-Mexico Border. Paper presented at the annual Tri-University Conference (UM, FIU, FAU) held at Florida International University, Top Research Paper Award, Miami, FL.

Yook, B. (2016, October). The potential “negative” impact of Twitter in crisis communication: An examination of three cases. Paper to be presented at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference, The Betsy Plank Graduate Research Paper Award, Indianapolis, IN.

Featured Alumni

Rita Linjuan Men

Class of 2012 - Ph.D. Program

Rita Linjuan Men is an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Florida. Her research areas include internal communication, public engagement, measurement and evaluation, reputation management, and social media public relations.

Dustin Supa

Class of 2008 - Ph.D. Program

Graduating in 2008, Dustin W. Supa is now an associate professor at one of the leading universities in the country.

Marcus Messner

Class of 2009 - Ph.D. Program

Marcus Messner received his Ph.D. in Communication (2009) and M.A. in Print Journalism (1999) from the University of Miami.

Featured Work

A few of our latest Doctoral projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

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