Team members are top ranked in the nation for research on advertising effects, substance abuse prevention and media literacy and have served in leadership positions nationwide for scholarly associations in communication and methodology. They also are highly ranked nationally by ComVista for research on advertising, broadcasting, television, communication and children, and cognition, as well as politics and government. The team has secured millions of dollars in extramural funding since 2002, from agencies such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the United States Department of Education and the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation.Directors:
Erica Weintraub Austin (Director)
Erica Weintraub Austin (Ph.D., 1989, Stanford University) is a professor of communication at Washington State University and is widely published on media literacy, family communication and health issues. Her research focuses on the uses of media in decision making and social development. Topics include the interplay of media and parental influences in children’s decisions about health, politics and social reality. Dr. Austin also studies political decision making and disaffection among adults. She has served as an advisor to the federal government and organizations nationwide on media literacy issues. She received the 2001 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the 2005 Public Relations Educator of the Year award from the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was the recipient of the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award from Washington State University in 2008.
Stacey J.T. Hust (Associate Director)
Stacey J.T. Hust (Ph.D., 2005, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an assistant professor of communication at Washington State University. Her research explores how the mass media can be used for health promotion through strategies such as entertainment education and media advocacy. She also investigates the media’s effects on sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse prevention. She has earned awards for her research, which has been published as book chapters and journal articles. Her research has been published in Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of International Advertising, Women & Health Journal, and Public Relations Review. Her research has been sponsored by the United States Department of Education, Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Washington State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program. Since 2006 she has been the co-chair of the WSU Campus Campaign Against Sexual Assault.
Center Faculty Members:
Bruce E. Pinkleton
Bruce E. Pinkleton (Ph.D., 1992, Michigan State University) is a professor of communication and chair of the Strategic Communication degree program at Washington State University. His research program focuses on the role of individual motivations and information source use in individuals’ decision-making processes in political and health contexts, including evaluating communication campaign effectiveness. Â He is coauthor of Strategic Public Relations Management and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, the Journal of Health Communication, Â Health Communication, Pediatrics, the Journal of Advertising, and Mass Communication and Society. His research has been sponsored by the Associated Press-Seattle, the American Legacy Foundation, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the Alcoholic Beverage and Medical Research Foundation. He received the 2007 Public Relations Educator of the Year award from the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Douglas Blanks Hindman
Douglas Blanks Hindman (Ph.D., 1994, University of Minnesota) is an associate professor of communication at Washington State University where he teaches courses in telecommunications and new communication technologies. His research focuses on the social antecedents of health communication such as community readiness, health disparities, and structural pluralism. His work is published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Mass Communication & Society, Health Education Research, Journal of Radio Studies, Mass media, social control, and social change: A macrosocial perspective, and in the International Encyclopedia of Communication.
Changmin Yan (Ph.D., 2008, Pennsylvania State University) is an assistant professor of communication at Washington State University. Broadly speaking, his research centers around media psychology, persuasion and methodology. He is particularly interested in exploring the roles of emotion and motivational systems in strategic communication campaigns. His recent projects have looked at the interactions of emotion, motivation, and message features, such as framing, in health and environmental communication contexts. In addition, in his latest work, Dr. Yan has tested different models of the affect-motivation relationship. He has also investigated methodological issues in measuring the affective and cognitive processing of strategic health communication messages. His work has appeared in the Journal of Communication. Before joining WSU, Dr. Yan was an assistant professor of communication and journalism and a cooperating assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maine, Orono.