Kyle Holody - Coastal Carolina University
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Kyle J. Holody

Department Chair/ Associate Professor, Communication, Media and Culture

Jonathan Doe
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Brittain Hall 312

Fall 2021 Office Hours
Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays (via ZOOM) 11:00am - 12:00pm;
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To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.” – Abigail Adams


Kyle J. Holody, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and earned his BA and MA in Communication from Virginia Tech.

He teaches the courses: Media, Self, & The World; Communication Research; Health Communication; Media Effects; Health & The Media; and Communication Capstone: Thesis.

His research interests include: media effects, controversial health topics (including mass shootings, physician-assisted suicide, and abortion), body image, health risk behaviors (including alcohol and drug abuse), political communication, and intercultural communication. Specifically, Dr. Holody examines how these topics are presented and understood by the media, advocacy groups and the public. He is also practiced in various method and statistical techniques.

Dr. Holody lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife, Lesley Holody, and their dog, Roby.


Ph.D., in Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University
M.A., in Media & Communication, Virginia Tech
B.A., in Communication, Virginia Tech

Selected Publications

  • Holody, K.J. (2020). Attributes in community and national news coverage of the Parkland mass shootings. In J. Matthews & E. Thorsen (Eds.), Media, Journalism and Disaster Communities (pp. 179-200). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Fondren, W., Holody, K.J., & Bryant, J. (2019). Violence and sex in the media. In D.W. Stacks, M.B. Salwen, & K.C. Eichhorn (Eds.), An integrated approach to communication theory and research (3rd ed.) (pp. 185-198). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Park, S.-Y., & Holody, K.J. (2018). Content, exposure, and effects of public discourses about marijuana: A systematic review. Journal of Health Communication23(12), 1036-1043.
  • Holody, K.J., & Park, S.-Y. (2017). Asian/Americans in the media: Criminals amongst the (invisible) model minorities. In D. Ball & N. D. Hartlep (Eds.), Asian/Americans, education, and crime: The model minority as victim and perpetrator (pp. 65-82). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Anderson, C., Holody, K.J., & Fondren, W. (2018). Caring for those who cannot care for themselves: Social support, social networks, and aging adults. In Hills, W. E. (Ed.), Older adult issues: Russia and the USA, a cross-cultural analysis (pp. TBD). Moscow, Russia: Russian State Social University Press. (in Russian and English).
  • Craig, C., Flynn, M., & Holody, K.J. (2017). Name dropping and product mentions: Branding in popular music lyrics. Journal of Brand Management23(2), 258-276.
  • Anderson, C., Holody, K.J., Flynn, M., & Hussa Farrell, R. (2017). An exploratory evaluation of the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of the mental fitness disordered eating program in schools. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention25(3), 230-245.
  • Flynn, M., Craig, C., Anderson, C., & Holody, K.J. (2016). Objectification in popular music lyrics: An examination of gender and genre differences. Sex Roles75(3), 164-176.
  • Holody, K.J., Anderson, C., Craig, C., & Flynn, M. (2016). “Drunk in Love”: The portrayal of risk behavior in music lyrics. Journal of Health Communication21(10), 1098-1106.
  • Holody, K.J., & Daniel, E. (2016). Attributes and frames in the Aurora shootings: National and local news coverage differences. Journalism Practice, 1-21.
  • Holody, K.J., Park, S.-Y., & Zhang, X. (2013). Racialization of the Virginia Tech shootings: A comparison of local and national newspapers. Journalism Studies, 14(4), 568-583.
  • Park, S.-Y., Holody, K.J., & Zhang, X. (2012). Race in media coverage of school shootings: A parallel application of framing theory and attribute agenda-setting. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 89(3), 475-494.

Teaching Areas

Media, Self, & The World
Communication Research
Health Communication
Media Effects
Health & The Media
Communication Capstone: Thesis

Research Areas

Media Effects
Media portrayals of controversial health topics
Body Image
Health Risk Behaviors
Political Communication
Intercultural Communication