Thursday, February 28, 2013

Palmer-Wackerly to Study Abroad in India this Summer

Congratulations to Angela Palmer-Wackerly who was competitively selected to participate in Social Work's Study Abroad in India program focused on Health and Mental Health!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prof. Slater, Hayes, and Ewoldsen's alcohol-related research featured on OSU's homepage

Congratulations to Michael Slater, Andrew Hayes, and Dave Ewoldsen for their alcohol in news research that is currently featured on's homepage under the news category!

Their study analyzed whether new stories that mentioned alcohol in relation to violent crimes and accidental injuries impacted support for liquor law enforcement. Results demonstrated that those who read the articles mentioning alcohol’s role later showed more support for enforcing laws regarding serving intoxicated people, sales to underage youth and open containers, compared to those who had read articles that did not mention alcohol's role.

For more details on the study, please refer to the following:

Also, the full research article will be available in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drug>>>

Congratulations again to Professor's Slater, Hayes & Ewoldsen!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ewoldsen Wins NCA Service Award!

Congratulations to Dr. David Ewoldsen for winning the Service Award from the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Dave will receive his award at the Mass Communication Division's Business Meeting on Nov. 18 as part of "Voice," NCA's 97th annual convention, being held in New Orleans.

Congratulations, Dave!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Autumn 2011 schedule

Sept 30: Jennifer Tyrawski presented about Exemplification on Blogs: Taking Brosius and Bathlet (1994) Online

Oct 14: Jim Collier & Melanie Sarge will present a series of studies they completed with Prof. Dan McDonald about media-triggered autobiographical memory

Oct 28: Sanne Opree, visiting scholar from the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, will share her current work with us.

As usual, we will meet every other Friday at 2:30 pm in Journalism Building 106. Reminder emails are sent out the week of our meetings. If you are interested in staying up to date with CHASSIS, please email to be added to the CHASSIS listserv and receive our biweekly announcements and reminders. Also, if you have interest in presenting at a CHASSIS meeting, please contact the above email address to schedule a time to share.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dr. Slater's research supports teen anti-drug campaign

The federal anti-drug campaign “Above the Influence” appears to have effectively reduced marijuana use by teenagers, new research shows.

A study, led by School of Communication professor Michael Slater, of more than 3,000 students in 20 communities nationwide, found that by the end of 8th grade, 12 percent of those who had not reported having seen the campaign took up marijuana use compared to only 8 percent among students who had reported familiarity with the campaign.

The researchers said they believe this is the first independent study to find evidence for the effectiveness of the “Above the Influence” campaign, which was initially funded at nearly $200 million a year when it began in 2005.

Evidence for the success of “Above the Influence” is especially heartening because the primary independent evaluation of its predecessor campaign, “My Anti-Drug”, showed no evidence for success, Slater said.

“The ‘Above the Influence’ campaign appears to be successful because it taps into the desire by teenagers to be independent and self-sufficient,” Slater said.

For example, one television ad in the campaign ends with the line “Getting messed up is just another way of leaving yourself behind.”

Campaigns that only emphasize the risk of drug use may not be effective with many teens.

“We know that many teenagers are not risk avoidant, and consider the risks of marijuana to be modest. A campaign that merely emphasizes already-familiar risks of marijuana probably won’t reach the teens who are most likely to experiment with drugs,” he said.

Frank Lawrence of Penn State University, Linda Stanley of Colorado State University and Maria Leonora G. Comello of the University of North Carolina co-authored the study, which was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The study appears in the March 2011 issue of the journal Prevention Science.

Spring Quarter 2011 schedule

Given the OSU communication department's graduate school visitation day for prospective students on April 1st, and the International Communication Association conference from May26-30th in Boston, CHASSIS will unfortunately be 2 meetings short this quarter! The schedule will be as follows:

4/1: Graduate school visitation day-no CHASSIS
4/15: Jen Tyrawski (1/2 hour), Jen Moreland (1/2 hour)
4/29: Melanie Sarge
5/13: Margaret Rooney, Jen Moreland, Adrienne Chung-ICA practice talks
5/27: ICA conference-no CHASSIS

Meetings are held at 2:30 pm in Journalism 106. We welcome you to join us!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Congratulations to Parul Jain!

CHASSIS member Parul Jain has recently accepted an Assistant Professor of Health Communication position at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Congratulations, Parul! We will miss you next year.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dr. Chul-joo Lee's research recognized by Miller-McCune article

We congratulate Professor Chul-joo Lee on having his research featured in an article on Miller-McCune regarding how watching local TV news leads to fatalistic beliefs regarding cancer. The article references a study conducted by Professor Lee and Jeff Niederdeppe that was published in Communication Research this past December entitled: Genre-Specific Cultivation Effects: Lagged Associations Between Overall TV Viewing, Local TV News Viewing, and Fatalistic Beliefs about Cancer Prevention. The results of their study find that watching local television news, but not national news, is positively associated with fatalistic views about cancer. The authors' propose that this may be due to TV-viewing generally cultivating a low sense of control over one's life.

Please refer to the following link for the article:

Also, you may access Professor Lee's paper here:

Once again, congratulations Professor Lee!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Raup-Krieger research on the HPV vaccine discussed on local news

One of our local Columbus news stations recently broadcast a description (with a nice video) of work conducted by Assistant Professor Janice Raup-Krieger examining conversation about the HPV vaccine. See the description and video here.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Autumn 2010 schedule

CHASSIS meetings are held every other Friday in Journalism 106 from 2:30-3:30 pm.

10/1: Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick

10/15: Parul Jain

10/29: Melanie Sarge

11/12: practice presentations for NCA conference (11/14-11/17)

please email: if you have any questions or would like to be added to the CHASSIS listserv and receive updates.

Ohio State's School of Communication #1 in Research Production and #3 Overall in Field

September 28, 2010 - The National Research Council (NRC) has released results of its extensive, five-year study of 83 doctoral programs in the field of communication. The reports reveals The Ohio State University' s School of Communication to be firmly situated among the elite communication programs in the country based on several metrics. The OSU School of Communication faculty achieved an absolute rank of #1 in research activity (e.g., average number of peer-reviewed publications per faculty member). In addition, the School as a whole achieved a #3 ranking in the field based on its achievements along twenty different criteria - these criteria reflected faculty research (e.g., % of faculty with grants), quality of graduate students (e.g., GRE scores), graduate student support (e.g., % of students with full financial support), and a broad range of diversity measures (e.g., % of female faculty, % of female students).

The extensive analyses conducted on the NRC data identified only five programs which could state with 90% certainty that they rank as one of the top 10 programs in the field. Joining OSU's School of Communication on this list are Stanford University's Department of Communication, the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and the Speech Communication program at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (now the Department of Communication). This is truly elite company and the NRC rankings are a reflection of the significant advancements made by The Ohio State's School of Communication.

It is important to place the NRC rankings in some additional context. The 2010 NRC report is based on data collected only up through the 2005-2006 academic year. OSU's School of Communication has seen its level of research productivity grow exponentially since that time. A quick review of the broad range of works generated of late by the School 's faculty and graduate students and placed in the field's top peer-reviewed journal outlets (see offers much hope that the School of Communication is maintaining its steady progress toward becoming the single best place in the country to study communication.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Slater selected to be ICA fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Slater for being selected as a 2010 ICA fellow at this year's conference in Singapore!

Monday, May 17, 2010


Congratulations to Jen Moreland for winning the ICA Health Communication Thesis of the Year award and to Myiah Hutchens for winning the AEJMC Mass Communication and Society division's Promising Professor Award.

Also, congratulations to Myiah Hutchens and Nori Comello for their assistant professor job placements in the coming Fall. Myiah will be joining Texas Tech's Public Relations department and Nori will be joining UNC Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. We will miss you both!

Friday, March 19, 2010

CHASSIS Spring 2010 Schedule

Hi Everyone,

As we agreed a few weeks ago CHASSIS is going to alternate with CATS at 2:30 Friday from next quarter. We will be meeting as usual on the first floor of Journalism Building. The schedule for the next quarter is:

4/2 Stacie Powers and Joyce Wang

4/16 KCHC Presentations (Jennifer Moreland; Melanie Sarge)

4/30 Dave Ewoldsen

5/14 Jonathan Cohen

5/28 Available

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ohio State at KCHC

The Kentucky Conference on Health Communication 2010 will feature the following presentations and posters by Ohio State faculty and students:

Anticipating Selective Avoidance: The Predictive Value of Individual Differences for Information and Frame Selection Preferences
Melanie A. Sarge, The Ohio State University

Extending the Normative Conflict Model to the Nursing Context: Conflict Reporting and Nurse Identity
Jennifer J. Moreland, The Ohio State University

Measuring Beliefs about Smoking in College Students
David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen, The Ohio State University
Nancy Rhodes, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

A Theory-based Examination of HPV Vaccination Attitudes and Behavior among College-Age Wome
Janice Raup-Krieger, The Ohio State University
Mira Katz, The Ohio State University
Melanie Sarge, The Ohio State University
Angela Dossett, The Ohio State University
Parul Jain, The Ohio State University
Dana Eisenberg, The Ohio State University

Motivational Type and Dynamic Motivated Cognition

Zheng Wang, The Ohio State University

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Melanie Sarge wins Top Student Paper Award at KCHC

Congratulations to Melanie A. Sarge for winning the 2010 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication Top Student Paper Award! Her award-winning paper is entitled, “Anticipating Selective Avoidance: The Predictive Value of Individual Differences for Information and Frame Selection Preferences.”

Monday, January 04, 2010

CHASSIS Winter 2010 Schedule

Happy New Year to all! Here's the CHASSIS lineup for the quarter. Our focus will be on "dimensions of message engagement"; aptly we will kick start the quarter with the first presentation from Dr. Jonathan Cohen. We have many other exciting presentations lined up so please mark your calendars!

We'll be sticking with the Friday 3:30-4:30day/time. Discussion leaders, please send me a working title if you haven't already done so.

Thanks to everyone for their contributions to CHASSIS. We should have stimulating discussions in the weeks ahead!

Date Presenter
1/15 Dr. Cohen
1/22 Adrienne Chung
1/29 Dr. Jennifer Kam
2/5 Drs. Wang and Powers
2/12 Dr. Sohn
2/19 Dr. Lee
2/26 Melanie Sarge
3/5 Parul Jain
3/12 Last day of classes: NO CHASSIS

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

NIAAA grant to OSU Comm Researchers

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Slater and co-investigators Drs. Andrew Hayes, David Ewoldsen, and Russ Fazio for getting The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant this past summer. They were awarded a 4-year, $2.28 million grant to study news and advertising effects on alcohol risk perceptions. The study includes use of innovative experimental designs and data collection methods to probe mechanisms underlying news and advertisement effects.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


We had our first meeting this Friday, 9/25/09 in the newly renovated Hall of Fame conference room, JR106, on the ground floor of the Journalism Building.

Along with faculty introductions we discussed the agenda for the quarter. The presentations are scheduled as follows:

10/2 Dave Ewoldsen

10/9 Stacie Powers

10/16 Job talk: Nori Comello

10/23 Jennifer Kam

10/30 Chul-joo Lee

11/6 NCA Practice Sessions (Nori, Parul, Jennifer)

11/13 NCA: No CHASSIS Meeting

11/20 Michelle Ortiz

CHASSIS Meetings

CHASSIS will now be meeting every Friday from 3:30-4:30 in the Hall of Fame conference room, JR106, on the ground floor of the Journalism Building.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dana Eisenberg selected as a 2009 NCI Health Communication Intern

Congratulations to Master's student Dana Eisenberg for recently being selected to participate in the National Cancer Institute's Health Communication Internship program. Dana will be working in the Office of Partnerships and Dissemination Initiatives, a component of The Office of Communications and Education. Congratulations Dana!

Parul Jain selected to participate in the 2009 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar

Congratulations to Parul Jain for being competitively selected to participate in the 2009 Doctoral Honors Conference. Parul will present her submission, International Doctors in the US: Implications for Physician-Patient Communication at the conference which will be held from June 1-5 at West Virginia University. The theme of the conference is “Communication as Engaged Scholarship.” Congratulations Parul!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

CHASSIS schedule Spring 2009

So you can mark your calendars for the weeks ahead, here's the CHASSIS lineup for the quarter. We'll be sticking with the Friday 3:30-4:30day/time. Discussion leaders, please send me a working title if you haven't already done so.

Thanks to everyone for their contributions to CHASSIS. We should have stimulating discussions in the weeks ahead!


April 10 - Parul Jain with her McDreamy/McSteamy talk rescheduled fromlast quarter

April 17 - Mike Slater and Dave Ewoldsen on categorization processes

April 24 - Adrienne Chung on entertainment education and effects onreducing stigma associated with illness

May 1 - Renu Pariyadath and Meghan Robertson

(May 8 - COMM day, no meeting)

May 15 - Melanie Sarge (and anyone interested in doing a practice ICA talk)

(May 22 - ICA, no meeting)

May 29 - Greg Hoplamazian

Friday, February 20, 2009

Congratulations to faculty and students members of CHASSIS for papers accepted to the 2009 conference in May! Here's a partial list of titles:

Comello, M. L. G., & Slater, M. D. (2009). The effects of drug-prevention messages on the accessibility of identity-related constructs.

Comello, M. L. G. (2009). William James on “possible selves”: Implications for studying identity in communication contexts.

Dossett, A., & Hayes, A. F. Hypocrites and excuse makers: The promises or perils of a mass mediated hypocrisy induction paradigm for behavior modification.

Eno, C. A., & Roskos-Ewoldsen, D. R. The influence of explicitly and implicitly measured prejudice on interpretations of and reactions to Black film.

Hayes, A. F., & Matthes, J. A primer for communication researchers on probing single-degree-of-freedom interactions in regression models, with SPSS and SAS implementations. (Top 4 paper in the Information Systems division)

Kline, S.L., Zhang, S., Horton, B., Pariyadath, R., & Ryu, S. Theorizing the role of relational communication and cultural concepts in marriage conceptions: Comparisons between Asian and US young adults.

Kline, S. L.Sense-making and making sense: Creating selves and intersubjectivity in communication. Dervin workshop.

Kurita, S., Lang, A., Potter, R., Wang, Z., Weaver, A., Bae, S., Lee, S., & Koruth, J. (2009). Gender Differences in Motivational Activation.

Matthes, J., Hayes, A. F., & Shen, F. Dispositional fear of social isolation and willingness to self-censor: A cross-cultural test of spiral of silence theory.

Matthes, J., Morrison, K. R., & Schemer, C. A spiral of silence for some: Attitude certainty and the expression of political minority opinions.

Morrison, K. R.,& Matthes, J. So you think you are popular? Fear of isolation triggers motivated perceptions of consensus.

Nevin, K., Rhodes, N., & Roskos-Ewoldsen, D. R. Cultivation theory and cultural models of romantic relationships.

Oaks, D., Kline, S.L., & David, P.The effect of familiarity and coordination on designing online discussion environments: A comparison of chat and threaded discussion communication modes.

Roberto, A. J., Krieger, J. L., Katz, M., Goei, R., & Jain, P. Predicting pediatricians’ communication with parents about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: An application of the Theory of Reasoned Action. (Top-Four Paper--Health Communication Division.)

Roskos-Ewoldsen, D. R. Implicit Associations Test: Just what is the IAT measuring?

Roskos-Ewoldsen, D. R. Methodological perspectives on emotions and mass media.

Roskos-Ewoldsen, D. R. Effects is dead: Long live dynamics.

Slater, M. D., & Hayes, A. F. The influence of youth MTV/VH-1 viewership on increasing rates of cigarette use and association with smoking peers: A parallel process model.

Sohn, D. The effects of social norms on electronic word-of-mouth intention: A comparison of three models.

Wang, Z. (2009). Coactivation: An Examination on Subjective Feelings, Physiological Responses, and Adaptive Functions.

Wang, Z., Morey, A., Srivastava, J., Kruczkowski, A. (2009). Dynamics of Processing Emotional Political Ads.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Latest installment of HINTS data now available

Message from:

Bradford W. Hesse, Ph.D.
Chief, Health Comm & Informatics Research Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

To Our Current and Potential Grantees:

On behalf of the National Cancer Institute, it is with great pleasure that I announce the arrival of the latest installment of public release data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Since 2003, the HINTS survey has served as a cornerstone for statistically reliable information on how Americans aged 18 years and older get health information in a time of extraordinary change. This installment marks the release of the third biennial data point in the HINTS series. The installment brings with it a set of important improvements at the HINTS Web site for our partners.

For Communication Practitioners:
We have made it easier to look at questions across years of administration. You will begin with a simplified catalogue of questions, which will make it easy to track the years in which questions were asked. Once you have selected a question to review, a tabbed viewing screen will let you move quickly between presentations of data for individual years as well as an "All Years" overview of trends and comparisons. As before, you will be able to download charts and graphs for your own use in reports and presentations. An embellished Notes field will give you all the information you need to track the details of each year's administration including wording changes and subtle differences in types of respondents asked. While at the site, don't forget to check the latest collection of "HINTS Briefs," summarizing the results of empirical analyses being published on the data.

For Communication Researchers:
A fully documented data package is available for download in SAS, SPSS, and STATA formats. Please note that the latest administration of the HINTS instrument uses a split telephone + postal sampling frame to evaluate penetration of cell phone only households in the U.S. population. Weights are provided for each frame and composite weights are provided for analysis of the two frames combined. Be sure to read the accompanying documentation for instructions on how to analyze data with these newly embedded sampling features. You will also note that we have made it easy for you browse through an expanded set of resources on the site, and to add them to your own toolkit for easy download.

Also, stay tuned for further announcements on the third biennial HINTS Users Conference to be hosted by NCI in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 24-25 2009. We expect a "call for abstracts" to be issued at the beginning of March, with travel awards offered to students and general researchers for outstanding papers. Plans are to include best papers in a journal supplement to be published in 2010.

To all of our colleagues who have shown endless dedication in applying health communication science to the task of improving the health of Americans, we sincerely thank you and welcome you to the HINTS community. Come visit us at:

Brad Hesse

Bradford W. Hesse, Ph.D.
Chief, Health Comm & Informatics Research Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
Executive Plaza North, Room 4068
6130 Executive Blvd., MSC 7365
Bethesda, MD 20892-7365

Call for papers - Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

Call for Abstracts is Now Open

Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media
August 11-13, 2009
Omni HotelAtlanta, GA

Sponsored by:
National Center for Health Marketing, the Office of Enterprise Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Cancer Institute and the National Public Health Information Coalition

Deadline for submission is March 16, 2009

The conference planning committee invites abstracts for both oral and poster presentations in the following submission types - Research and Evaluation, Theoretical and Practice/Program-Based in one of four program tracks:

  • Health Marketing: Nuts, Bolts and Beyond
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • New Frontiers - Trends and Technology
  • Partnerships/Collaborations - Synergistic Relationships
This conference brings together individuals representing academia, public health researchers and practitioners from federal and state government and the private sector, and provides a forum for collegial dialogue within and across these disciplines. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues and shape the future of health communication, marketing, and media practice. For more information about the about the conference and abstract submission, please visit

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

CHASSIS welcomes new faculty members!

Four new faculty members who will be joining the School of Communication in Autumn quarter 2009 will also be joining CHASSIS: Jennifer Kam from Pennsylvania State University, Chul-Joo Lee from the University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Ortiz from the University of Arizona, and Stacie Powers from the Univerisity of Connecticut. We look forward to welcoming them in the fall and to their contributions to the group!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Winter quarter schedule

Our first meeting for winter quarter will be Friday, Jan 16, at 3:30pm. Here's the lineup so far:

Jan 16: Dr. Joyce Wang on "Method is Message: Dynamic Signal Detection Theory and Its Application to Media Research"

Jan 23 - Angela Dosset, Myiah Hively, & Teresa Myers on measuring identity> based on their work on environmental identity (aka "the search for a scale that doesn't make you laugh out loud or roll your eyes")

Jan 30 - Dr. Mike Slater and Nori Comello to lead discussion on making> connections among frameworks/measures of identity discussed so far and research interests of the group

Feb 6 - Open

Feb 13 - Jen Moreland on "Conceptualizing Adolescent Risk Behavior in the Rural Appalachian Context"

Feb 20 - Open

Feb 27 - Dr. Dongyoung Sohn: "Social Structural Influence on Information Sharing Motivation"

Mar 6 - Parul Jain on "How Do McDreamy, McSteamy, and the Likes Talk on Television? A Content Analysis of Physician-Patient Communication and Disease Portrayals in Medical Dramas"

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dr. Michael Slater wins int'l award for best article advancing comm theory

Please join me in congratulating Mike Slater for receiving the McQuail Award for best article advancing communication theory published in a peer-reviewed journal!

The McQuail Award is an annual award given by the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), the largest research institute of its kind in Europe and among the largest worldwide. Mike will be traveling to Amsterdam in November to accept the award.

Mike won the award for his "Reinforcing Spirals" article, which
appears destined to become a classic in the field. Here's the full cite:

Slater, M. D. (2007). Reinforcing spirals: The mutual influence of media selectivity and media effects and their impact on individual behavior and social identity. Communication Theory, 17(3), 281-303.

Congratulations, Mike!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Congratulations to Nori Comello for single-authored Comm Theory publication

Congratulations to Nori Comello, 3rd year Ph.D. student, for the recent acceptance of her single-authored article "William James on 'Possible Selves': Implications for Studying Identity in
Communication Contexts" in Communication Theory, one of the top journals in the Communication discipline.

The article was based on papers done during her 1st year core courses in communication theory.

Nori will be presenting her more recent work in communication and identity, addressing how anti-drug messages may operate through their impact on social identity, later this quarter in