Faculty bring diverse research and expertise

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Seyram Avle and Devon Greyson have joined the Department of Communication.

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Marianne Neal-Joyce

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Marianne
Last Name: 
Neal-Joyce
Position 1: 
Advisor
Phone Number: 
413 545-7770

Seyram Avle

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First Name: 
Seyram
Last Name: 
Avle
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Assistant Professor
Office Location: 
N358 Integrative Learning Center
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Spring 2019 office hours: Wed 11:30-1:30 & by appt.
Phone Number: 
413 545-6345
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Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate:

Global Media Flows

Communication, Technology, & Work

Education: 

PhD University of Michigan

BA Brandeis University

Interests: 

I study the situated practices and discourses of digital technology cultures and innovation in the global south. I’m particularly interested in the ways that digital technologies are designed, produced, and distributed transnationally in and across the global south and through collaborations with the global north. My most recent project, funded by the NSF, examines tech entrepreneurial cultures and innovation between China, Ghana, and Silicon Valley. My other line of research examines the uptake of tools like WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram by diverse actors in the global south, from radio producers to maker entrepreneurs, and what role they play in the everyday.  

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My website www.seyramavle.com has an updated list of my publications. 

Thera Alley

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Thera Alley
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Thera
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Alley
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Audio-Visual Equipment Technician
Office Location: 
S453 Integrative Learning Center

Devon Greyson

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First Name: 
Devon
Last Name: 
Greyson
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Assistant Professor
Office Location: 
N336 Integrative Learning Center
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Spring 2019 office hours: Tue 2:30-4:00, W 1:00-2:30
Phone Number: 
413 545-6332
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Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Health Communication; Gender and Interpersonal Communication; Health Information Interventions. Graduate: Qualitative Research Methods

Current Projects: 
  • Cannabis use decisions in pregnancy and lactation
  • Sympathy sockpuppets in online communities
  • Improving vaccine confidence through information interventions policies
  • Information practices and young parents
Education: 

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

Interests: 

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.

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

Publications: 

PLAIN LANGUAGE SUMMARIES

The Activated Patient Paradox

Population Health Information Interventions

The Impact of Teen Mom Reality Shows

Information Triangulation

Communicating with Young Parents

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Greyson, D., Chabot, C., & Shoveller, J. (2019). Young parents’ experiences and perceptions of “Teen Mom" reality shows. Journal of Youth Studies. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2019.1569605

Bettinger, J.A., Greyson, D., Carpiano, R., de Bruin, P., Aguiar, I., Naus, M., & Hodson, B. (2019). Support for policy options to increase vaccination coverage in British Columbia, Canada: An electronic survey. CMAJ Open, 7(2), E264-E271. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190034

Greyson, D., O’Brien, H., & Shankar, S. (in press). Visual analysis of Information World Maps: An exploration of four methods. Journal of Information Science, online ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/0165551519837174

Greyson, D. (2019). The social informatics of ignorance. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 70(4), 412-415. doi:10.1002/asi.24143

Greyson, D., Rafferty, E., Slater, L., MacDonald, N., Bettinger, J., Dubé, È., MacDonald, S. (2019). Systematic review searches must be systematic, comprehensive, and transparent: A critique of Perman et al. BMC Public Health, 19(153). doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6275-y

Dubé, E., Gagnon, D., Kaminsky, K, Green, C. R., Ouakki, M., Bettinger, J. A., Brousseau, N., Crowcroft, N., Dreidger, S. M., Greyson, D.,  Fell, D., Fisher, W., Gagneur, A., Guay, M., Halperin, S. A., MacDonald, S., Halperin, D., Meyer, S., Waite, N. M., Wilson, K., Witteman, H. O., Cook, J. L. (2019). Vaccination against influenza in Pregnancy: A survey of Canadian maternity care providers. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 41(4), 479-488. doi:10.1016/j.jogc.2018.09.007

Poliquin, V., Greyson, D., & Castillo, E. (2018). A systematic review of barriers to vaccination during pregnancy in the Canadian context. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Online ahead of print: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.05.042.

Greyson, D., Knight, R., & Shoveller, J. (2018). Ethics, effectiveness, and population health information interventions: A Canadian analysis. Health Promotion International, Online ahead of print: day004. doi: 10.1093/heapro/day004 **Winner of the 2018 Ilona Kickbusch Award for Best Article by an Early Career Researcher**

Greyson, D. (2018). Information triangulation: A complex and agentic everyday information practice. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 69(7), 869-878. doi: 10.1002/asi.24012

O’Brien, H., Greyson, D., Chabot, C., & Shoveller, J. (2018). Young parents’ personal and social information contexts for child feeding practices: An ethnographic study in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Documentation. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1108/JD-09-2017-0127

Dubé, E., Gagnon, D., Ouakki, M., Bettinger, J. A., Witteman, H. O., MacDonald, S., Fisher, Wl, Saini, V., Greyson, D., on behalf of the Canadian Immunization Research Network. (2018). Measuring vaccine acceptance among Canadian parents: A survey of the Canadian Immunization Research Network. Vaccine, 36(4), 545-552. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.12.005

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), 778-802. 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

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

Carson, A., Chabot, C., Greyson, D., Shannon, K., Duff, P., & Shoveller, J. A. (2016). 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

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

Hanley, G. E., Munro, S., Greyson, D., Gross, M. M., Hundley, V., Spiby, H., & Janssen, P. A. (2016). Diagnosing onset of labor: A systematic review of definitions in the research literature. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 1(71). doi:10.1186/s12884-016-0857-4

Staff Opening: Department Administrator

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites applications
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Staff Opening: Academic Advisor

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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
Event Date: 
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

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