Tobacco Regulatory, Experimental & Clinical Science Lab

Elise M. Stevens, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Elise Stevens is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. She earned her PhD in mass communication with a focus on the psychological effects of health messages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work examines how emotional reactions to messages about health can have a subsequent effect on adopting or maintaining healthier behaviors. Her current research focuses on how individuals cognitively and affectively process messages about cigarettes, hookah, and marijuana. 


BS – Integrated Marketing Communications – Ithaca College
MA – Media Studies – Pennsylvania State University
PhD – Mass Communication – University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Current Grant Funding:

Recent Selected Publications:
Dillman Carpentier, F. R. & Stevens, E. M. (In press). Sex in the media, sex on the mind:  Linking television use, sexual permissiveness, and sexual Concept accessibility in memory. Sexuality & Culture.

Dillman Carpentier, F. R., Stevens, E. M.,Wu, L, Seely, N. (In press). Sex, love, and risk-n-responsibility: A content analysis of entertainment television. Mass Communication and Society. 

Stevens, E. M. & Garrett, K. P. (2016). Girls and sex: A content analysis of sexual health depictions in HBO’s Girls. Sexuality & Culture, 21(2), 923-935.

Stevens, E. M. (In press). What’s so appealing? An examination of emotional appeals and viewer engagement in safe sex PSAs and condom advertisements. Health Marketing Quarterly, 35(3).

Hoewe, J., Appleman, A., & Stevens, E. M. (In press). Mr. Mom in the news: The relationship between stereotypes and perceptions of gendered news stories. Communication Research Reports.

Stevens, E. M. & Gibson, R. (2017). An examination of mastery- and performance-based orientations in strategic communication syllabi and suggestions for rhetorical and pedagogical improvement. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 28(2), 61-79.

Stevens, E. M. & Dillman Carpentier, F. R. (2017). Facing our feelings: How natural coping tendencies explain when hedonic motivation predicts media use. Communication Research, 44(1), 1552-3810.