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2021 Showcase Seminar Speaker

Tom Feeley-COMM

Dr. Brian Houston


B.A., 1999, University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences Major: Film & Video Studies

M.A., 2002, University of Oklahoma, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, Chair: Dr. Michael Pfau


J. Brian Houston, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri and is Director for the Disaster and Community Crisis Center (DCC) at the University of Missouri. He is Core Faculty in the University of Missouri Master of Public Health Program.


Professor Houston's research focuses on communication at all phases of disasters and on the mental health effects and political consequences of community crises. Recent and current research projects have examined the impact of media coverage of terrorism on children and adults, the role of new media during disasters, and the capacity for using information communication technologies to increase community resilience. These projects are located at the intersections of the literatures addressing disasters, communication, media, public health, mental health, and political socialization.

Professor Houston's work has been supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Current Schedule

University of Oklahoma Department of Communication

5th Annual Showcase Seminar 

March 5, 2021

Pre-session: 8:30 to 9:00 AM Central Time: Host: Caleb Hubbard

Session 1: 9:00 to 10:00 AM: Concurrent Area of Emphasis Meetings

            Room 1a: Interpersonal and Social Influence: Host: Dr. Amy Johnson, w/ Dr. Ioana Cionea, Val Biwa,             & Anthony Machette

            Room 1b: Health Communication: Host: Dr. Norman Wong w/Dr. Elaine Hsieh, & Dr. Elena Bessarabova

            Room 1c: Organizational Communication: Host: Dr. Ryan Bisel, w/ Dr. Sunny Lee, Kyle Hammonds,             Lauren Millender, Arden Roeder, & Justin Mahutga

Session 2: 10:15 to 11:15 AM: Concurrent Area of Emphasis Meetings

            Room 1a: Intercultural and International: Host: Dr. Ioana Cionea, w/Dr. Young Kim, Dr. Gretchen                         Montgomery, Anthony Machette, & Doris Acheme

            Room 1b: Political and Mass Communication: Host: Dr. Lindsey Meeks, w/Dr. Justin Reedy, Dr. Jill Edy,             Dr. Pat Meirick, & Kyle Hammonds

            Room 1c: Communication Technology: Host: Dr. Sunny Lee, w/Dr. Pat Meirick, Dr. Amy Johnson,             Juhyung Sun, & Ceciley Zhang


Session 3: 11:30 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Houston, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma Chair, Department of              Communication, University of Missouri

COVID-19 Communication Ecologies:

Using Communication Resources to Cope with a Pandemic


12:30 -1:00 PM, Lunch break

Session 4: 1:00-2:15 PM: OU Graduate Student Presentations 1, Current Research:  Chair: Dr. Gretchen                 Montgomery

                Family Disagreements About COVID Social Distancing and Perceived Relational Closeness
                Brittney Morrissey, Val Biwa, and Amy Johnson

                On the Other Side of the Bulletproof Glass: Intergroup Encounters in  Chinese Interviews for                 Nonimmigrant U.S. Visas
                 Xinyi Zhang

                Black Lives Matter in the World of Hamilton
                Caleb Hubbard

                Harris Bursts Through Another Barrier: Comparing Media and Self- Presentation Frames of Kamala                 Harris’s VP Candidacy in the 2020 Election
                Maria Shpeer, Maria Martucci & Lindsey Meeks

Session 5: 2:30-3:45 PM OU Graduate Student Presentations 2, Research Developing Ideas
               Chair: Dr. Amy Johnson

               Development of the Sexual Expectations Disclosure Index
               Anthony Machette, Brittney Morrissey, & Ioana Cionea

               Developing Communication Frameworks for FACETs: How Probabilistic     Hazard Information                Affected Warning Operations in NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed
               Joseph Trujillo Falcón, Justin Reedy, Kim Klockow-McClain, Kodi Berry, Gregory Stumpf, Alyssa Bates, &                James LaDue

               Listening to Morticians in Rural Oklahoma: Social Constructions of Roles, Goals, and Strategies
               Da Bi & Kyle Hammonds

               Tattoos and Their Perceived Meanings
                Justin Mahutga, Lauren Millender, & Ellie Weaver

Session 6: 4:00 Question and Answer Time: Host: Dr. Claude Miller, w/Doris Acheme, Val Biwa, Justin Mahutga,                 Anthony Machette, & CGSA


~ For ZOOM information contact:

Claude Miller (  or  Caleb Hubbard (



Past Speakers:  

Dr. Adam Richards, Communication Studies, Texas Christian University, 2020
Dr. Tom Feeley, Department of Communication at the University of Buffalo 2019
Dr. Melinda Villagran, Department of Communication Texas State University 2018 (also an alum of our department)
Dr. Sarah Riforgiate, Department of Communication, Kansas State University 2017