Affiliated COMM Graduate Students

Michelle FuterfasMichelle Futerfas

Michelle Futerfas earned her B.A. degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in health communication and with minors in Marketing and Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. Her research interests include the role of traditional as well emerging media in promoting sexual education and preventative action. Michelle is also interested in health and risk communication campaigns and entertainment education. Her professional experience includes working as a health education assistant at a healthcare marketing firm for pharmaceutical companies.


Lindsay (Liang) MaLindsay (Liang) Ma

Lindsay (Liang) Ma earned her M.A. degree in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Public Relations. Lindsay’s research interests include conflict resolution, crisis communication, negotiation, and persuasion. Her research mainly regards two aspects: how organizations can reach their external publics when conflicts take place, assess the risks of conflicts turning into crises, and solve the conflicts before they deteriorate into crises; and the psychological barriers of the public which prevent them from better preparing for emergencies, such as natural disasters, when they are exposed to great risks. Her recent research focuses on how organizations can effectively use social media to protect their reputation and rebuild their relationships with their publics during crises.


Zexin (Marsha) MaZexin (Marsha) Ma

Zexin (Marsha) Ma earned her B.A. in Communication from Communication University of China (2013). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in persuasion and social influence. Her area of interest is focused on health communication, particularly the role of media in shaping public’s health behaviors.


Josie MooreJosie Moore

Josie Moore earned her M.A. in Communication Studies specializing in education and leadership and development from West Chester University and her B.A. in Communication Arts & Sciences and her B.A. in Theatre from Penn State. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Communication with a focus in persuasion and social influence in health communication. Her research interests include social norms surrounding stigmatized illnesses and the affects they have on interpersonal relationships, especially those influencing women and children. Josie was a full-time instructor at Penn State York where she taught public speaking, small group communication, business and professional communication, and organizational communication before coming to the University of Maryland.


Yan (Fiona) QinYan (Fiona) Qin

Yan (Fiona) Qin received her M.A. degree in Communication University of China, majoring in Communication Methodology. She is pursuing her Ph.D in Communication with an emphasis in health and media effects, particularly the use of traditional and emerging media in shaping health behaviors and health values. Her research interests include health and risk communication campaigns, women’s health and cultural study. Her focus now is on the dissemination of health information, and the effects of this information on health and risk beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. She also wants her research to reflect an ecological approach to health communication, considering particular subgroups such as women. She wants to use multiple methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to conduct a more in-depth analysis of demographically defined groups that can include a thoughtful consideration of the role of culture and social norms, in the hope to eliminate disparities existing between different population subgroups on a wide range of health-related outcomes and behaviors, as well as conditions that affect health. She currently wants to explore HPV-related issues.


Bo (Maggie) YangBo (Maggie) Yang

Bo (Maggie) Yang received her M.A. in Strategic Public Relations from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California and her B. A. in English from Beihang University in China. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in persuasion and social influence. Specially, Bo is interesting in the mediating effects of media, message and source in cross-cultural health communication campaigns. She approaches the intersection of public relations and health communication using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.


Xinyan ZhaoXinyan Zhao

Xinyan Zhao received her M.Phil. degree in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University and her B.A. degree in Journalism from Fudan University in China. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D with an emphasis in persuasion, health communication and social cognition. Xinyan is a quantitative scholar, with expertise in cross-sectional experimental and survey design. Her recent research focuses on the conditions that bring about the boomerang effect in the persuasion process.



Rowena Briones, Assistant Professor, School of Media & Culture, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jarmin Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Rowena (Rowie) Kirby-Straker, Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of Maryland

Kelly Madden Daily, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, La Salle University

Adam Richards, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Texas Christian University

Beth Sundstrom, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, College of Charleston

Jill Cornelius Underhill, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Marshall University