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Research Labs

Social Identities in Communication (SIC) LabDr, Doris Acheme

Primary Investigator: Doris Acheme

The SIC Lab examines how social identities shape the creation, interpretation, and reception of messages. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, we address questions investigating the impact of social identities, such as cultural, national, racial, and language, on communication outcomes including feelings of belonging, threat, anxiety, willingness to communication, stereotypes etc. 

Areas of Study for the SIC Lab include: Intergroup Communication, Intercultural Communication, Quantitative Approaches, Qualitative Approaches

Graduate Students: 




Dr. Analisa Arroyo

Researchers of the SITCH Lab examine Social and Interpersonal Theories of Communication in Health.

Primary Investigator: Analisa Arroyo

Current Projects: (1) Feminist Embodiment, Body Talk, and Body Image in Mothers and Daughters, (2) Relational Maintenance and Mental Health in Foster Parenting Couples, (3) Intergenerational Transmission of Race-related Attitudes, (4) and Maternal Wellbeing, Infant Temperament, and the Mother-Infant Relationship, and

Areas of Study for the Arroyo Lab include: Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Health Communication, Quantitative Approaches

Graduate Students:  Jessica FabbricatoreElle Johnson, Selena Pang





Dr. Chelsea Ratcliff

Communicating Uncertain Science to the Public (CUSP) Lab

Primary Investigator: Chelsea Ratcliff

The CUSP Lab examines how uncertainties in biomedical evidence are communicated to the public, and how public audiences interpret and respond to this information. We address these questions using a mix of research methodologies, including message experiments, qualitative interviews, and media content analyses.

Areas of Study for the CUSP Lab include: Health Communication, Risk Communication, Health Disparities, Social Influence and Persuasion, Quantitative Approaches, Message Effects, Public Campaigns and Interventions, Message Production

Graduate Students: 



Primary Investigator: Soroya McFarlaneSoroya McFarlane

The Communication for Community Health and (shared) Understanding of Science lab facilitates dialogue with underserved communities to design and evaluate interventions that promote health.

Current Projects: THRIVE: Black Women's Maternal Health Disparity in the US;  Efficacy of LBGT culturally-targeted messages; COVID communication inequalities in the US

Areas of Study for the CONCHUS Lab include: Health Communication, Health Disparities, Quantitative Approaches, Qualitative Approaches, Public Health Campaigns and Interventions, Message Design, Community-engaged Research

Graduate Students: Allie Worsdale



Family, Identity, Resistance and Engagement Communication LabMackensie Minniear

Primary Investigator: Mackensie Minniear

The FaIRE Communication lab uses critical and intergroup theories to study how marginalized identities are shaped, dismantled, and reified by family communication in order to create a healthier and more tolerant world for historically disenfranchised families and people.

Current Projects: Developing an intervention to increase positive ethnic-racial identity and well-being in BIPOC; White racial socialization: Intentions and Practices over Time; Multiraciality

Areas of Study for the Minniear Lab include: Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Health Communication, Ethnicity-Race Communication, Quantitative Approaches, Qualitative Approaches, Intergroup Communication

Graduate Students:


Terui LabSachiko Terui

Primary Investigator: Sachiko Terui

Current Projects: (1) Health literacy screener for people living with HIV, (2) community-based health literacy interventions, (3) health challenges faced by underserved and/or marginalized populations, (4) linguistic and cultural aspects of health communication, and (5) environmental health literacy interventions. 

Areas of Study for Terui Lab include: Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods

Graduate Students: Beauty AcheampongDivya S


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