We have world-class graduate faculty who are devoted to cutting-edge and scientific research into communication phenomena and mentoring graduate students to pursue careers in academia, business, and government. In fact, four of our faculty have been named the world’s top 2% scientists by Stanford University. Many have federal, regional, and/or private grants for funded projects. Our faculty work closely with graduate students, who have had great success in presenting at national and international conferences, publishing in high-impact journals, and securing positions at prestigious institutions – a testament to the collaborative environment for professional development that we have built at UB.
Dr. Arpan’s research examines attitudes and persuasion; responses to pro-environmental and health messages; motivated reasoning; and adoption of alternative energy sources & sustainable energy technologies.
Dr. Feeley’s research interest is focused on health communication processes in applied contexts such as organ donation and transplantation.
Dr. Frank specializes in nonverbal communication with a focus on understanding the complexities of facial expressions and deception in meaningful real-world settings.
Dr. Green's research focuses on narrative persuasion, with topics ranging from health communication to social issues. She also studies the effect of social media and computer-mediated communication on interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Hahn’s research investigates the cognitive processes surrounding media use and effects in audiences across the lifespan.
Dr. Hong's research focuses on global communication issues, relationships between media and society, and how media formations and impact of new media differ in different societies, particularly related to Asian countries.
Dr. Lee's research examines the impact of social interactions and relationships on well-being and health. He also studies the antecedents and consequences of social media use.
Dr. Ophir's research focuses on media effects and persuasion, combining novel computational tools for automated content analysis, such as machine learning, topic modeling, and network analysis, with experimental and survey designs, to study media content and its effects on audiences.
Dr. Raney’s research examines how and why we enjoy and appreciate media entertainment, with specific attention to the role morality and moral emotions play in those processes.
Dr. Rintamaki’s research interests focus on communication in the management of chronic illnesses.
Dr. Stefanone’s research interests include interpersonal, group, and computer-mediated communication. His research explores off- and online social networks and social media use.
Dr. Tenzek’s research interests include interpersonal and health communication, primarily focusing on aging and end-of-life communication issues.
Dr. Tutzauer’s research interests include bargaining and negotiation, communication networks, and mathematical modeling of communication processes.
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the power of storytelling, emerging technologies, and communication networks for health promotion and social change, especially in the field of entertainment-education.
Dr. Yang’s research centers on the communication of risk information related to science, health, and environmental issues. She is particularly interested in how cognitive and affective evaluations of risk influence individuals’ decision making.