Current Ph.D. students

Jack E. Appleman
Monroe, N.Y.
B.A., Communication, Ohio State University
M.A., Journalism, Ohio University
Primary areas of interest: organizational communication and relationship of business writing efficacy 
    10 Steps to Successful Business Writing (2008, ASTD Press)
    Convey your company’s professionalism, OfficePro (November/December 2012) 
    Persuasive writing, OfficePro (July 2012)
    Better writing can improve your bottom line, New Jersey Business (November 2011)
    Don’t let poor writing stifle company growth, Training & Development (October 2009)
    Writing instruction helps PR pros break through to the media, PR Tactics and The Strategist Online (August 16, 2006)

Aymen Assuwiyan
Saudi Arabia
B.A., Imam University, Saudi Arabia, English, 2003
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2011
Primary areas of interest: change communication and workplace communication and relationships

Crystal Brandow
Catskill, N.Y.
B.A., University at Albany, Rhetoric and Communication, 2006
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2009 
Primary area of study/interest: health communication
    For my dissertation, I am exploring a school-based nutrition education program and investigating whether this program promotes positive nutrition attitudes among children in grades seven and eight. In addition, the study examines whether such a program has the ability to increase media literacy with respect to nutrition among children, or otherwise equip them with the skills needed to decipher unhealthy media messages about nutrition and make healthful diet choices. The study also explores the potential benefit of a school-based nutrition education program embedded in a larger academic culture that promotes health and wellness of students.  

Jamie Campbell
Malta, N.Y.
B.A., SUNY College at Oneonta, Political Science, 2010
B.S., SUNY College at Oneonta, Communication Studies, 2010
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2014
Primary area of interest: political communication
    I am interested in the relationship between politics, media, and new technology. I am currently devising a framework for my doctoral research that will aim to increase the understanding of this relationship. 

Chendan Cui-Laughton
Xinxiang, Henan, China
B.A., Advertising, Zhengzhou University
M.A., Communication, Communication University of China
M.S., Creative Studies, SUNY Buffalo State
Primary area of interest: organization communication, interpersonal/intercultural interaction, organizational innovation, creativity development
Current research:
    This is my second year in the Ph.D. program. Currently I am working on a project about interactions within creative teams in creative industries in China.
    Chendan Cui (May 2009), The construct and rupture of Liu Xiang’s personal brand: ideology and business. the International Forum of Advertising Development and Education & the fifth Asian and Pacific Meeting of American Academy of Advertising, Beijing, China.
    Mingquan Guo, Chendan Cui, Yan Shen. (2009). Research on the education mechanism of enterprise communication specialists. Today’s Massmedia. 4, 92-94
    Chendan Cui, Yan Shen. (2008). Ideal media brands of residents in Nanjing city. In Libin Liu & Shuting Zhang, (Eds.) Brand Blue Book 2008-2009 (p. 425-428). Beijing: Chinese Market Press
    Chendan Cui. (2008). Magic circles of Tai-chi Chuan: the enlightenment for today’s educational        communication from folk community communication. Gansu Social Sciences. 2, 110-112
    Chendan Cui. (2008). Telling the truth in astonishing ways: the creative tactics of NGO’s public advertising. In Shuting Zhang, (Eds.) Creative & Effective Advertising: From Cases Analysis to Theory Study 2 (p. 360-363). Beijing: Communication University of China Press
    Chendan Cui. (2005). Short but smart: an effective creative tactics in marketing. In Shuting Zhang, (Eds.) Creative & Effective Advertising: From Cases Analysis to Theory Study (p. 354-360). Beijing: Communication University of China Press
    Chendan Cui. (2005). Using suspense to arouse consumer’s attention. In Shuting Zhang, (Eds.) Creative & Effective Advertising: From Cases Analysis to Theory Study (p. 348-353). Beijing: Communication University of China Press  
Current research: 
    This is my first year in this Ph.D. program. Besides full-time course work, I am working on translating a US-based global coach training program into Chinese, and my next step is to develop an application-oriented research project about applying creative problem solving, coach skills into creative leadership development, which will be finally developed into a training program in Canada, U.S. and China, and hopefully this project will be developed into my dissertation. 

Mary E. Christiano
Glenmont, N.Y.
B.A., University at Albany, Rhetoric and Communication, 1991
M.A., University at Albany, Organizational Communication, 1993
Primary area of interest: organizational communication (political communication cognate)
    I am interested in how organizations perform their roles as citizens and leaders in their communities and how organizations fit and act within their communities to the benefit or detriment of both, examining this process through qualitative and analytic research.
    "A Case Study in Public Relations – Normative movements and interest advocacy; Berkshire Medical System" (1993 Master's thesis)

Alana Elia
Albany, N.Y.
B.A., Stony Brook University, Italian Studies, 2008
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2012
Primary area of interest: organizational and health communication
    For my dissertation, I am exploring how high school teachers at different high schools with varying levels of technological richness manage their work-life boundaries via information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a focus on how they bring their personal lives into the workplace. 
    "Modeling Sociocultural phenomena in discourse" (2011) pdf

Roger Gans
Kinderhook, N.Y.
B.A.: Cornell University, Social Relations (Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology), 1971
M.A.: University at Albany, Communication, 2013
Primary area of interest: dispositional and situational influences on the effectiveness of persuasive messaging strategies. 
Conference presentations: 
    "The politics of HPV vaccination advocacy: Effects of source expertise on effectiveness of a pro-vaccine message" (2013 NYSCA Conference: Top Graduate Student Paper)
    "Can't take a joke: The asymmetrical nature of the politicized sense of humor" (2014 NYSCA Conference)   

James Gormley
Albany, N.Y.
B.A., SUNY New Paltz, Journalism, 1997
M.A., University at Albany, English, 2004
CGS, University at Albany, Public Administration, 2008
Primary area of interest: political communication
    As editor of The Legislative Gazette newspaper and a journalism instructor at SUNY New Paltz, I am interested in the relationship that exists between the news media, political actors and the public. In this modern communication environment, these three groups interact in numerous media outlets including print, television, radio and Web 2.0 platforms such as social media, blogs, and interactive news sites. I believe the interaction between the press, the public and lawmakers influences the public’s ability and desire to be politically engaged, and it shapes the process by which public policy is both developed and implemented. My goal is to answer research questions about how the public can have a stronger influence on political decision-making.  
Current research: 
    1. State legislators' use of public opinion for making controversial policy decisions
    2. The use of social media by elected representatives to interact with their constituents

Michelle Hook
Clifton Park, N.Y.
B.A., University of Maryland, Journalism, 1999
M.S., University at Albany, 2012
Primary areas of interest: politics, mass media influence
    My guided research project (thesis) was about the political blogosphere's influence on mainstream media coverage. The research was a case study that analyzed the coverage of one local news event and synthesized interview responses from members of the media. The study also discusses some of the possible implications of such an outcome. 

Hyerim Jo
South Korea
B.A., Korea University, Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009
M.A., Korea University, Journalism and Mass Communication, 2011
Primary areas of interest: communication effects, political communication, health communication

Sean Kingsbury
Howes Cave, NY
B.S., SUNY Cobleskill, Communication in Technology, 2012
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2014
Primary area of interest: interpersonal communication and conversation analysis

Mark LaVigne
Delmar, N.Y.
B.A., LeMoyne College, English Literature, 1991
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2003
Primary area of interest: interorganizational development in the public sector

Yunmi Lee
Seoul, South Korea
B.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Politics and Diplomacy/Communication, 2004
M.A., Yonsei University, Seoul, Communication, 2008
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2010
Primary area of interest: health communication and organizational communication
    I am now focusing on the role of health communication in mental health issues and especially stress, which many people face in their daily lives. Minority populations and immigrant communities (including international students) are my main research populations. I am particularly interested in how they cope with stress and in the role of social support as a coping mechanism. I am also interested in the roles that community-based organizations play in the health of minority populations including immigrant communities and international students. How connections to/interaction with community-based organizations and individuals in their residential communities (i.e., their communities of settlement) help them address mental health stressors is the main research question.

He (Oliviah) Liang
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
B.A., Sichuan University, Teaching Chinese as Second Language, 2008
Primary area of interest: organizational/Intercultural communication
    I am currently working on a research project that investigates how a Chinese community organization constructs/shapes the ethnic identity of Chinese-origin residents of New York and how it influences its members' integration into U.S. society. My future research will mainly be focusing on the intercultural communication within organizational setting. 

Yumeng Luo
Shandong, China
B.A., Shandong Economic University, Chinese Language and Literature, 2010
M.A., Cardiff University, Political Communication, 2011
Primary area of interest: Political Communication, Communication and technology, cyber protests

Alison Hart Romain
Irvington, N.Y.
B.S., Georgetown University, Foreign Service
M.B.A., Fordham University, concentrations in Finance and Media & Communications
Primary area of interest: organizational communication, particularly in regard to ethics, leadership and negotiation.

Erting Sa
Kunming, China
B.A., Huaqiao University, English
M.A., University at SUNY Albany, Communication, 2014
Primary area of interest: interpersonal communication; personal relationship; communication and technology

Amy Williams
Syracuse, N.Y.
B.A., Le Moyne College, English, 2000
M.S., Ithaca College, Organizational Communication, 2002
Primary area of interest: health communication, interpersonal communication and pop culture
    I am studying health communication from an interpersonal perspective; that is, I am interested in the way our relationships with friends, families, and healthcare providers affect our perceptions of health and the decision we make with regard to health. I am particularly interested in the role of social support in healthcare contexts, and how support is exchanged through communicative acts. Currently I am working on a project that looks at the way membership in an online community provides social support to women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or have recently become mothers. Additionally, I am studying the influence of health and illness narratives in popular culture on audiences. 

Xiaoke (Chuck) Yang
Tianjin, China
B.A., Nanjing University, Journalism and Broadcasting, 2008
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2010
Primary area of interest: organizational communication, health communication, non-profit administration
    I am finishing up with my Ph.D. courses and in the process of developing a topic for my dissertation.
    Yang, X. (2012). Contingent Worker, Permanent Loser?—How Perceived Trust Shapes Communication between Contingent Workers and Standard Workers in Knowledge-based Organizations. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 3(8), 172-180.
    Yang, X. (2008). In-store Videos: The New “Blue Sea” of Terminal Marketing. In Xin, Z. (Ed.) Division of Space: A Research on Advertising Effects of New Media. Beijing: Communication University of China Press.

Shuang (Sunny) Zhao
Nanning, China
B.A., Beijing International Studies University, Chinese Language and Literature, 2008
M.A., University at Albany, Communication, 2010
Primary area of interest: organizational communication
    I am interested in organizational identification in health care organizations; the relationship between external and internal communication in organizations; social media and organizational communication. My dissertation will focus on the use of social media to maintain and foster organizational identification in healthcare organizations.
    "Achieving Coordinated Cancer Care Through Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration in Multidisciplinary Teams," 2011, pdf written for the Cancer Communication Research Center (CCRC)

Xin Zhou
Wuhan, China
B.A., Wuhan Institute of Technology, English, 2011
LL.B., Wuhan Institute of Technology, Law, 2011
M.A., University of Miami, Communication Studies, 2013
Primary area of interest: health communication, communication and technology, media message effects
Current research:
    Now I am working on a project that looking into how public health organizations incorporating social media to engage audiences. I am interested in what kinds of messages on social media would receive the most positive responses from the public, and how to use E-engagement to disseminate health-related messages and to help public health organizations to achieve their goals.  

Updated Aug. 26, 2014