Welcome to the Murrow Center for Media and Health Promotion Research
Erica Austin - Director
Stacey J.T. Hust - Associate Director
Bruce Pinkleton - Founding Member
The Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion Research in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University examines how people use media messages in their decisions about health, and how health promotion practitioners can maximize the effectiveness of health messages targeting young people and their families. Our work is intended to help individuals and health professionals use media most effectively to facilitate informed and healthy decisions.
We Are an Interdisciplinary Group of Scholars:
The Murrow Center is comprised of faculty and students from Communication, Prevention Science, Human Development, and Nutrition. Center faculty are top-ranked nationally by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship for research on advertising effects, substance abuse prevention, and media literacy. Faculty are also ranked as members of a top 10 communication program for research focused on media and children, methodology, and media and sexuality. Center faculty have also been awarded a number of federal, state, and private grants.
We Serve as A Research Training Center for Students:
Our graduate students benefit from hands-on, mentored research training that prepares them to successfully perform in research-intensive academic or industry positions. Students regularly meet with Center faculty to gain insight on the research process. Our graduate students benefit from hands-on, mentored research training that prepares them to work successfully in research-intensive university positionOStudents meet regularly with expert scholars to gain insight into the research process. Through their participation in a variety of research projects, students gain research skills that have tangible value in academic and professional industries. Graduate students also often coauthor conference papers and refereed journal articles with expert faculty.
Our Research Areas are Aimed to Meet Grand Challenges:- Media Effects and Strategies to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Use of Media to Reduce Sexual Assault and Promote Healthy Sexual Relationships
- Digital Media, Health and Well-Being
- Parent-child communication about media and health
- Media Literacy to Promote Healthy Decision Making