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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Murrow Center for Media and Health Promotion Research

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.

Welcome back to Dr. Erica Austin

EricaAustin ThumbnailWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Erica Austin will return to the Murrow Center for Media and Health Promotion Research in January! Dr. Austin contributes significant scholarly and leadership experience to Murrow College. She has an international reputation for excellence in research and outreach on media literacy, parent-child communication and health. Further, the American Academy of Pediatrics has cited Erica’s research in multiple policy statements and she has secured more than $7 million in grant and project funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the USDA AFRI program.


About the center

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. 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



  • Erica Austin – Founding Director
  • Stacey J.T. Hust – Associate Director

Related Faculty:

  • Porismita Borah
  • Amanda Boyd
  • Douglas Blanks Hindman
  • Yoon-Joo Lee
  • Bruce Pinkleton
  • Alexis Tan
  • Jessica Willoughby


Contact our team

Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion
Goertzen 250
PO Box 642520
Pullman WA 99164-2520
Murrow Center Central Number: 509-335-3660

Center Office Graduate Assistants
Jason Wheeler 509-335-3660
Davi Kallman 509-335-3659
Whitney Stefani 509-335-3658
Nicole O’Donnell 509-335-3658
C. Kit Kaiser 509-335-3658

Erica Austin (Founding Director) 509-335-5581
Stacey Hust (Associate Director) 509-335-3696

Project Specialist
Michelle Kistler 509-335-3658