Our faculty have acquired millions of dollars in external grants and have consistently placed their research in a variety of impactful journals.
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Impactful Research

Our faculty are at the forefront of producing impactful, innovative research that has received accolades across the academic community. In academic year 2018-2019, our Department of Communication faculty had 19 journal articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Su, awarded a grant of nearly $360,000 in 2015, continues his work on knowledge hoarding in organizational contexts. Dr. Treymane has been part of two large grants related to the dissemination of fake news, totaling close to $350,000.

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Grants and Funding 2018 - Current


  • Zhang, L. (PI), Lu, F. K. (CoPI), Brannon, G. E. (CoPI), Zhan, M. (CoPI), "Rotating detonationrocket engines for in-space propulsion: Integrating technology development with STEMengagement," Sponsored by National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA),Federal, Total Amount $900,000.48. (September 26, 2023 - August 31, 2026).
  • Liao, Y. (PI), Pan, Z. (CoPI), Wang, J. (CoPI), Brannon, G. E. (Supporting), "Personalizedfeedback of wearable biological sensor data to increase physical activity in sedentary overweight and obese cancer survivors," Sponsored by American Institute for CancerResearch, Private Funds (Foundation), Total Amount $247,500.00. (January 1, 2022 -December 31, 2024).
  • Wilson, G. M. (PI), Markham Shaw, C. (CoPI), Christie, T. B. (CoPI), Jang, C.-y. (CoPI),Brannon, G. E. (CoPI), Chatterjee, K. (CoPI), Montemayor, I. (CoPI),Rodriguez, J. M. (CoPI), "CDC COVID-19 Disparities Work Plan UTA-MICHI Strategy 4 -Activity 1 Develop and Disseminate Health Literacy Materials," Sponsored by TarrantCounty Public Health, Federal Flow Through, Incremental Amount $500,000.00. (June 1,2021 - May 31, 2024).
  • Liao, Y. (PI), Brown, K. (CoPI), Brannon, G. E. (CoPI), Nguyen, V. (CoPI), "From Data toPersonalized Preventive Medicine: Leveraging Wearable Sensors to Promote Active Livingin Women of Color with Obesity," Sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington, LocalFunds, Incremental Amount $20,000.00. (September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022).
  • Brown, K. K., Brannon, G. E. (CoPI), Kindratt, T. B. (CoPI), Boateng, G. (CoPI), "Racialdifferences in patient experience and diabetes management outcomes among reproductive-age women: Implications for maternal morbidity and mortality," Sponsored by HealthResearch and Services Administration, Federal, Total Amount $100,000.00. (July 1, 2021 -June 30, 2022).
  • Su, C. (PI), "Understanding Knowledge Hoarding in Organizational Work Teams from a Transactive Memory and Social Network Experience," Sponsored by Army Research Office (ARO), Federal Funded, Total Amount $65,394.00, Incremental Amount $359,555.00. (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2019).
  • Li, C. (PI), Tremayne, M. W. (CoPI), "III: Small: Collaborative Research: Towards End-to-End Computer-Assisted Fact-Checking," Sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Funded, Incremental Amount $320,780.00. (September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2020).
  • Li, C. (PI), Csallner, C. (CoPI), Tremayne, M. W. (CoPI), "Bot vs. Bot: Automated Detection of Fake-news Bots," Sponsored by Texas National Security Network Fund, State Funded, Incremental Amount $30,000.00. (May 10, 2017 - December 31, 2018).

    Research Exemplars from Our Faculty 2018 - Current

  • Ricks, D., Brannon, G. E. (2023). “It’s real, it’s a thing”: Mental health counselors’ listening exhaustion during COVID-19. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare, 7(2), 11261.10.4081/qrmh.2023.11261.
  • Brannon, G. E., Cummins, M. W. (2023). “Never time to do anything well”: Mothers’ reported constraints during a pandemic. Journal of Family Studies, 29(4), 1546-1565.10.1080/13229400.2022.2057349.
  • Kindratt, T. B., Boateng, G. O., Brannon, G. E., Brown, K. K. (2023). Testing proximal,intermediate, and health outcomes of patient centered communication among non-pregnantwomen of childbearing age with diabetes mellitus: Findings from the Medical ExpenditureSurvey, 2012-2018. Patient Education and Counseling Innovation, 3,
  • Wu, Q. L., Brannon, G. E. (2023). Collaborative care and healthcare usage in families withpediatric patients during COVID-19: A secondary analysis of National Survey of Children'sHealth (NSCH) data. Health Communication.10.1080/10410236.2023.2201746.
  • Brannon, G. E., Ray, M. A. (2023). Participant-reported experiences of conversations aboutsexually transmitted infections with romantic partners: Perceptions of ownership and privacy. Health Communication, 38(5), 892-901.10.1080/10410236.2021.1981563
  • Brown, K., T. B., Brannon, G. E., Sankuratri, B., Boateng, G. O. (2023). Patient experience withtheir healthcare provider among non-pregnant women of childbearing age with diabetes by race and ethnicity in the United States. Women's Health Reports, 4(1), 20-30.10.1089/whr.2022.0037
  • Obasanya, M., Igenoza, O., Gupta, S., McElroy, K., Brannon, G. E., Brown, K. (2022). Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 vaccination intent among pregnant and postpartum women in the United States (April-June 2020): An Application of Health Belief Model. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (Online).10.1007/s40615-022-01434-z
  • Brannon, G. E., Ray, M. A., Cho, P. H., Baum, M. L., Beg, M. S., Bevers, T. B., Schembre, S.M., Basen-Engquist, K. M., Liao, Y. (2022). A qualitative study to explore the acceptability and usefulness of personalized biofeedback to motivate physical activity in cancer survivors. Digital Health, 8.10.1177/20552076221129096
  • Wu, Q. L., Brannon, G. E. (2022). Factors affecting moderate exercise during COVID-19 foroverweight and obese individuals: A secondary analysis of HINTS data. Patient Education and Counseling Innovation, 1, 100058.10.1016/j.pecinn.2022.100058
  • Brannon, G. E., Ray, M., Lark, P., Kindratt, T. B. (2022). Influence of pediatric patients’developmental and chronic health condition status as a predictor of parents’ perceptions of patient- and family-centered care. Health Communication, 37(7), 880-888.10.1080/10410236.2021.1875559
  • Kindratt, T. B., Lark, Ray, M. A., Brannon, G. E. (2022). Disparities in patient- and family-centered care among children with health conditions. Journal of Patient Experience, 9.10.1177/23743735221092494
  • Brannon, G. E., Mitchell, S., Ray, M. A., Bhai, S., Beg, M. S., Basen-Engquist, K. M., Liao, Y.(2022). A qualitative examination of COVID-19’s impacts on physical activity and perceptions of remote delivery interventions. American Journal of Health Promotion :AJHP, 36(3), 472-476.10.1177/08901171211053845
  • Wiant Cummins, M., Brannon, G. E. (2022). Mothering in a pandemic: Navigating care work,intensive motherhood, and COVID-19. Gender Issues, 39, 1-19.10.1007/s12147-022-09295-w
  • Brannon, G. E., Mitchell, S., Liao, Y. (2022). Addressing privacy concerns for mobile andwearable devices sensors: Small-group interviews with healthy adults and cancer survivors. Patient Education and Counseling Innovation, 1, 100022.10.1016/j.pecinn.2022.100022
  • Wiant Cummins, M., Brannon, G. E. (2021). Implicating ourselves through our research: Aduoethnography of researcher reflexivity. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 51(1), 85-102.10.1177/08912416211021898
  • Chatterjee, K.C., Markham Shaw, C.L., Brannon, G.E., Jang, C., Christie, T., Rodriguez, J, & Sinta, V. (2023). COVID-19 vaccination hesitancies: A Spanish-language focus group
     analysis in Texas”. Health Communication, 1-12.
  • Markham Shaw, C.L. (2021). Pilgrimage to Paisley Park: A mystory. In L.A. Howard (Ed.) Home and Away: Lived Experience in Performative Narratives. Routledge.
  • Campbell, G. M., Brannon, G. E., Rauscher, E. A., Hesse, C. (2018). The dyadic influence of attachment and affection on relationship satisfaction. 49(1).
  • Chatterjee, K. & Pillai, V. K. (2018). Media effects on gender child preference in India. Journal of Research in Gender Studies 8(1): 108–132. doi:10.22381/JRGS8120186
  • Chatterjee, K. (In-press). What can we learn about the female condom online? An analysis of visual representations of the female condom on the Internet. Atlantic Journal of Communication.
  • Christie, T. B. (2018). Measuring the Relationship of Public Opinion to Mass Media and Policy Agendas for Major Public Issues and Events (pp. 53-60). Sydney:
  • Harp, D. M., Loke, J., Bachmann, I. (Eds.). (2018). Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research (pp. 276). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bachmann, I., Harp, D. M., Loke, J. (2018). Covering Clinton (2010–2015): meaning-making strategies in US magazine covers. Feminist Media Studies, 18(5), 1-17.
  • Harp, D. M., Grimm, J., Loke, J. (2018). Rape, storytelling and social media: how Twitter interrupted the news media’s ability to construct collective memory. Feminist Media Studies, 18(6), 1-17.
  • Harp, D. M., Bachmann, I. (2018). Gender and the Mediated Political Sphere from a Feminist Theory Lens. Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research (1st ed., pp. 183-193). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harp, D. M. (2018). Misogyny in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Mediating Misogyny (pp. 189-207). New York: Palgrave - Macmillan.
  • Bachmann, I., Harp, D. M., Loke, J. (2018). Through a feminist kaleidoscope: Critiquing media, power, and gender inequalities. Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research (pp. 1-15). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Jordan, A. J., Shelley, W. (2018). Fake News? An Exploration of Political Polarization, Selective Exposure and Political Misinformation on Facebook. Electronic Journal of Communication, 28(1-2).
  • Pribanic-Smith, E. J., Schroeder, J. (2018). Emma Goldman’s No-Conscription League and the First Amendment. New York: Routledge.
  • Pribanic-Smith, E. J., Coyle, E., Schroeder, J., Ward, K. (2019). Historical Roundtable: Legal and Historical Understanding of the First Amendment. Historiography in Mass Communication, 5(1), 31-43.
  • Pribanic-Smith, E. J. (2019). Disunion or Submission? Southern Editors and the Nullification Crisis, 1830–1832. In D. Sachsman, G. Borchard, & D. Lisica (Eds.), The Antebellum Press: Setting the Stage for Civil War. Routledge.
  • Pribanic-Smith, E. J. (2019). Newspapers from 1820 to 1860. In R. Zboray & M. Saracino Zboray (Eds.), U.S. Popular Print Culture to 1860 (vol. 5). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Su, C. (in press). Give or keep? A transactive memory approach to understanding knowledge hoarding on the organizational digital knowledge repository. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies.
  • Zhao, X., Zhan, M., Liu, B. (2018). Disentangling Social Media Influence in Crises: Testing A Four-Factor Model of Social Media Influence with Twitter Big Data. Public Relations Review.
  • Zhao, X., Zhan, M., Jie, C. (2018). Examining the Multiplicity and Dynamics of Publics' Crisis Narratives in Different Topical Communities with Large-scale Twitter Data. Public Relations Review.