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Christina Selby

Associate Professor, Communication - Health

Jonathan Doe
Contact Christina Selby

Brittain Hall 327

Spring 2019 Office Hours
Mondays 11:00am - 1:00pm;
Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00pm


Dr. Selby spent most of her upbringing in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana – a true Midwesterner at heart. She received her BA and MA in Communication from the University of Dayton in Ohio. A family health crisis inspired her pursuit of a doctorate in Health Communication from the University of Kentucky. This event continues to inspire her teaching and research in the field. She gets incredible joy from spending time with her preschool-aged son, Wyatt. She also enjoys inspiring students, traveling, running, being active, and being outdoors.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, (Health Communication)

M.A., University of Dayton, (Communication)

B.A., University of Dayton, (Communication)

Selected Publications

Holody, K.J., Anderson, C.N. Flynn, M.A., Craig, C.M. (in press). “Drunk in love”: The portrayal of risk behavior in music lyrics. Journal of Health Communication.

Flynn, M.A., Craig, C.M., Anderson, C.N., & Holody, K.J. (in press). “Look at me now”: The presence of objectification and beauty ideals in popular music lyrics. Sex Roles.

Anderson, C.N., Holody, K.J., & Fondren, W. (2015). Social support for ongoing elder healthcare. In Hills, W. E. (Ed.), Gerontology and older adult issues: Russian and the USA, a cross-cultural analysis. Moscow, Russia: Russian State Social University Press.

Anderson, C.N., & Holody, K.J. (2014). Stimulating dialogue: Measuring success of the "Smoke Free Horry" campaign. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 34(4), 331-349.

Anderson, C. N., Noar, S. M., & Rogers, B. (2013). The persuasive power of oral health promotion messages: A theory of planned behavior approach to dental checkups, Health Communication, 28(3), 304-313.

Teaching Areas

Research Methods (undergraduate & graduate)

Health Communication (Introduction to Health Communication, Health & the Media, Interpersonal Health Communication)

Media & Communication (Media, Self, & the World)

Research Areas

Encouraging people to live healthier lives through powerful persuasive messages is the area of research about which she is most passionate.  She is a quantitative researcher with primary research interest in health communication, specifically focused on health campaigns, health messages in the media, and message design.