Current Ph.D. students

Jack E. Appleman
Monroe, NY
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)

Victoria Barbeisch
Greene, NY
B.A., SUNY Cortland: Communication Studies, Concentration: Public Relations and Advertising, Minor: Business Management
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin: Advertising, Concentration: Account Planning
Primary area of interest: Communication Technology & New Media
   In progress work focuses on new media applications, impression formation, message and source credibility. Specifically, how signaling theory can be applied to evaluating source and message credibility in a predominantly visual platform (i.e. Instagram). Aims of this works examines the role of the sender's control to develop messages that will affect the impression formed by receivers.

Susie Burnett
Baldwinsville, NY
B.A., Communication and Social Interaction/Health Science, SUNY Oswego
M.S., Community Health, SUNY Cortland
Primary areas of interest: Health communication and public health
   Curtis, J. N., & Burnett, S. J. (2016). Rape on campus: How EMS providers can help survivors and themselves in the aftermath of sexual violence. Journal of Emergency Medical Services, 41, 48-52.
    Curtis, J. N., & Burnett, S. J. (in press). Affirmative consent: What do college student leaders think about “Yes means Yes” as the standard for sexual behavior? American Journal of Sexuality Education.
Current research: Post-traumatic stress in first responders and techniques to manage inevitable emotional labor; women's health and health education in Jérémie, Haiti; health-related needs of a non-governmental organization in Mangalore, India

Jamie Campbell
Malta, NY
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. 

Mary E. Christiano
Glenmont, NY
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, NY
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, NY
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, NY
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

Bryanna L. Hebenstreit
South Setauket, NY
B.A., Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University at Albany
M.A., Communication, University at Albany
M.S., Teaching English as a Second/Other Language, University at Albany
Primary area of interest: I am primarily interested in how persons create meaning in talk, gesture, and through the objects they use and/or create as a matter of mundane, normally occurring interaction. Specifically, I am interested in the question of how emotion manifests, is utilized, and communicated in interaction. I use Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis as my methodological tool to ask questions and analyze data.

Shirley Jin
Shanghai, China
B.A., English Language and Literature, Shanghai Normal University
M.A., TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University at Albany
Primary area of interest: Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication
    I currently study student-initiated sequence in the conventional teacher-front classroom environment, with the specific interest in what actions student-initiated sequence performs and accomplishes in regard to the instructional process.

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

Mary Ellen Kelleher

Binghamton, NY
B.S., Applied Social Sciences, Binghamton University, 1998
M.A., Communication, University at Albany, 2016
Primary areas of interest: organizational communication
Current research focus: organizational affiliation and identity
    Recent work has examined newspaper obituaries in a nascent American community in order to observe which organizational affiliations were publicly documented, which affiliations proliferated over time, and to observe how these expressed affiliations paralleled social and commercial development.

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

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.

Lin Lin
Baishan, Jilin, China
B.A., Broadcast/TV Directing and Editing, Changchun University of Technology, China
M.A., Mass Communication – RTV, Arkansas State University
Primary area of interest: Organizational communication, leadership communication, communication and communication technology at workplace

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, NY
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

Zhuozhi Shao
Xinjiang, China
B.A., University of Science and Technology in Beijing
M.S., Peking University
Primary area of interest: communication and community, mediated communication, networks and collective actions

James P. Snack
Hudson, NY
B.A., Theater, University at Albany, 1978
M.A., Communication, University at Albany, 2015
Primary area of interest: Organizational culture, Leadership, and Engagement.
   My 2015 guided research project was a mixed methods study examining the effects of transformational leadership on organizational culture and engagement. I am interested in the social identity the approach to leadership, a perspective that I believe offers insights into how leaders can affect engagement through their communication practices. Furthermore, this approach has implications for political communication and identity politics as well as for organizational communication.
   Bencherki, N., & Snack, J. P. (2016). Contributorship and partial inclusion: A communicative perspective. Management Communication Quarterly, 30(3), 279-304.

Yufeng Tian
Shenzhen, China
B.A., Communication University of China, Directing & Editing in TV Art Works
M.A., University of South Florida, Mass Communication
Primary area of interest: Information Processing, Social Identity, and Political Communication

Amy Williams
Syracuse, NY
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.

Xuewei Zhang
Beijing, China
B.A., Central University of Finance and Economics, Advertising, 2016
B.S., Central University of Finance and Economics, Finance, 2016

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 September 13, 2017