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).