Comm Alum Returns to UMass as New Head Baseball Coach

Matt Reynolds '05

A new face will lead the UMass baseball program. But he won't be an unfamiliar one.

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Comm Professor Wins Book Award

Comm Associate Professor

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Thera Alley

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Devon Greyson

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Devon Greyson, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor
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I study what people do with information and when this matters to health and social equity. My doctoral research focused on the population of young parents and my postdoctoral research studied the topic of vaccine hesitancy and confidence. Current work continues to explore the ways people and health systems negotiate contested knowledge in everyday life, and how information could be used more effectively to promote the health of populations. Primarily a qualitative methodologist, I also have an interest in arts-based methods and in knowledge translation and exchange.
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Undergraduate: Health Communication; Gender and Interpersonal Communication; Health Information Interventions. Graduate: Qualitative Research Methods

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Here is a closer look at some of my recent work.


PhD (2015) University of British Columbia / Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis: population and public health, information behaviour, gender)

MLIS (2006) University of British Columbia / Library and Information Studies (emphasis: youth services, intellectual freedom, information policy)

BA (Hons.) (1997) Oberlin College / Women's Studies, Music


Health-realated information practices (seeking, encountering, assessment, management, sharing, and use) of youth, parents, and families; Information interventions (surveillance and communication) for population and public health; Health information ethics; Information use and decision-making related to GLBTQ health, reproductive health, parenting, vaccination, cannabis



Greyson, D. (in press). Information triangulation: A complex and agentic everyday information practice. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology.

Greyson, D., Knight, R., & Shoveller, J. (in press). Ethics, effectiveness, and population health information interventions: A Canadian analysis. Health Promotion International.

Clark. B., Veale, J, Greyson, D., & Saewyc, E. (2017). Primary care access and foregone care: A survey of transgender adolescents and young adults. Family Practice, cmx112. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx112.

Greyson, D. (2017). Health information practices of young parents. Journal of Documentation, 73(5), 7778-802. doi:10/1108/JD-07-2016-0089.

Greyson, D., O’Brien, H., & Shoveller, J. (2017). Information world mapping: A participatory arts-based elicitation device for information behavior interviews. Library & Information Science Research, 39(2), 149-157. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2017.03.003.

Carson, A., Chabot, C., Greyson, D., Shannon, K., Duff, P., & Shoveller, J. A. (2017). A narrative analysis of the birth stories of early-age mothers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(6), 816-831. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12518

Greyson, D., & Johnson, J. L. (2016). The role of information in health behavior: A scoping study and discussion of major public health models. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(12), 2831-2841. doi:10.1002/asi.23392

Bettinger, J., Greyson D., & Money, D. (2016). Attitudes and beliefs of pregnant women regarding influenza vaccination in British Columbia. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 39(11), 1045–1052. doi:10.1016/j.jogc.2016.08.004

Shoveller, J. A., Viehbeck, S., Di Ruggiero, E., Greyson, D., Thomson, K., & Knight, R. (2016). A critical examination of representations of context within research on population health interventions.  Critical Public Health, 26(5), 487-500. doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1117577

Di Ruggiero, E., Viehbeck, S. M., & Greyson, D. (2014). Knowledge dissemination and utilization. Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199756797-0106

Knight, R., Shoveller, J., Greyson, D., Kerr, T., Gilbert, M., & Shannon, K. (2013). Advancing population and public health ethics regarding HIV testing: A scoping review. Critical Public Health, 23(3). doi:10.1080/09581596.2013.800188

Greyson, D., Surette, S., Dennett, L., & Chatterley, T. (2013). “You’re just one of the group when you’re embedded”: Report from a mixed-method investigation of the research-embedded health librarian experience. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(4), 287–297. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.010

Greyson, D., Cunningham, C., & Morgan, S. (2012). Information behaviour of Canadian pharmaceutical policy makers. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 29(1), 16-27. doi:10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00969.x

Greyson, D., Becu, A., & Morgan, S. (2010). Sex, drugs and gender roles: Mapping the use of sex and gender based analysis in pharmaceutical policy research. International Journal of Equity in Health, 9(26).

Greyson, D. (2010). Non-biomedical sources for systematic reviews of pharmaceutical policy. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 98(1), 85-87.

Greyson, D., Vézina, K., Taylor, D., Morrison, H., & Black, C. (2009). University supports for open access: A Canadian national survey. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 39(3), 1-32.

Greyson, D. (2007). GLBTQ content in comics/graphic novels for teens. Collection Building, 26(4), 130-134.


O’Brien, H., & Greyson, D. (2018). Diverse information needs. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), An introduction to today’s information services, 2nd edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

O’Brien, H., & Greyson, D. (2015, June). Information needs of diverse users. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), An introduction to today’s information services. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 119-129.

Curriculum Vitae

Staff Opening: Department Administrator

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites applications

Staff Opening: Academic Advisor

The Department of Communication in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at 


Debating Disinformation

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
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Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:00 to 17:30
Debating Disinformation: Social Media and Electoral Manipulation in Comparative Perspective. In this culminating event of the Mediating Care and Justice Seminar Series of UMass SBS, four speakers draw from global case studies in the US, Venezuela, and the Philippines to compare the diverse outcomes of disinformation and debate culturally appropriate interventions.

Panel: Fake News around the World

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm
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Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:00 to 14:30

Panel: Engaged Scholarship in Communication at UMass Amherst

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:00pm
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Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:00 to 17:30
What we have achieved and the road ahead...

Making Things Together: Expressive Culture as Research

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
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Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:30 to 17:30
Can we undertake communication and media scholarship in as broad a range of forms as the field studies? In films, on the internet, in photography, music, or computer games? This talk draws from in-depth interviews with distinguished practitioners of multi-modal research scholars, especially in studies of cultural production, who produce works other than articles and books. In the spirit of encouraging more multi-modal scholarship in our field, the talk will offer an illustrated inventory of current practices, along with a conversation about research and cultural value, expressive training and accountability to students, and the institutional investments that can support or hinder multi-modal work.

Comm graduate's career path and impact on SBS students

Chris Gardner '89

As a communication major, Chris Gardner ’89, wasn’t entirely sure what direction he wanted


#HashtagActivism: Networked Counterpublics in the Digital Age

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:30
The proliferation of social media has given rise to widespread study and speculation about the impact of digital technologies on politics, activism, and social change. Key among these debates is the role social media play in shaping the contemporary public sphere, and by proxy, our democracy. Maligned by some as “slacktivism,” I will argue social computing platforms such as Twitter create unique opportunities for traditionally excluded voices to challenge the terms of public debate.


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