Successful COM Thesis and Dissertation Defenses in the 17/18 Academic Year

Published August 23, 2018

Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, several communication graduate students have successfully presented their dissertations and theses. 

Dr. Thomas Feeley had two students present their dissertations.  Kristin Maki presented “Comparing Narratives and Statistical Appeals in Health Behavior Intentions.” 

Aisha O’Mally defended her dissertation titled, “An Exploratory Analysis of Health Narratives, Adherence, and Health Behaviors of Adult Post-Heart Transplant Recipients.”

Dr. Lance Rintamaki advised Kelsey Gage with her dissertation titled, “The Effects of Sex and Sexual Orientation on Sexually Dimorphic Trait Preferences.”

Dr. Hua Wang had two students present their dissertations.  Yishin “Vivian” Wu presented, “BREAKAWAY: Examining the Educational Potential of Using a Narrative-Based Digital Game for Bullying Prevention.”  Ji Hye Choi presented, “Brain as a Predictor of Learning in Entertainment-Education:  An Event-Related Potential (ERP) Study.”

Dr. Matthew Grizzard advised Charles Francemone who presented, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover: An Examination of Character Sex, Narrative Behavior, and Perceived Morality.”

Dr. Michael Stefanone and Dr. Mark Frank advised Brynne Harrison who presented, “Does Anti-Phishing Training Protect Against organizational Cyber Attacks: An Empiraical Assessment of Training Methods and Employee Readiness.” 

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