Kyle J. Holody, PhD
(he|him|his) Department Chair | Professor - Communication, Media, & Culture
"Be yourselves. Be unique. Be kind. Be strong. Be a little bit nerdy." - Amanda Alison | “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.” - George Feeny
Dr. Kyle J. Hołody's (he|him|his) research interests include: media effects, controversial and complicated health topics (e.g., mass shootings, physician-assisted suicide, and abortion), body image, health risk behaviors (including alcohol and drug abuse), and political communication. Specifically, Dr. Holody examines how these topics are presented and understood by news media and the public. Dr. Hołody is originally from Roanoke, Virginia and now lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife, Lesley Holody.
- Ph.D., Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University (2011)
- M.A., Communication (Media Studies), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) (2006)
- B.A., Communication Studies (Mass Communication), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) (2003)
- 2019 Edwards College Distinguished Service Award
- 2017 Chair teaching award
- 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 Edwards College Apple teaching award
- Selby, C.N., Carter, E.L., & Holody, K.J. (2023). Dangling carrots and twisting arms: Incentivizing COVID-19 vaccination for community benefit. Journal of Health Communication, 28(6), 375-383.
- Holody, K.J., Selby, C.N., & Carter, E.L. (2022). #WeWill fight COVID19: A case study of social norming on campus. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 60(1), 81-94.
- Holody, K.J., & Shaughnessy, B. (2021). #NeverAgain: Framing in community and national news coverage of the Parkland mass shootings. Journalism Practice, 16(4), 637-659.
- 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 Communication, 23(12), 1036-1043.
- Craig, C., Flynn, M., & Holody, K.J. (2017). Name dropping and product mentions: Branding in popular music lyrics. Journal of Brand Management, 23(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 Prevention, 25(3), 230-245.
- Holody, K.J., Anderson, C., Craig, C., & Flynn, M. (2016). “Drunk in Love”: The portrayal of risk behavior in music lyrics. Journal of Health Communication, 21(10), 1098-1106.
- 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.
- Women’s and Gender Studies
- Graduate Studies
- Media, Self, & Society
- Communication Research
- Health Communication
- Popular Media & Health
- Media Effects / Media Uses & Effects
- Effects & Representation from Popular Films
- Communication Capstone: Thesis
- Media Effects
- Media Portrayals of Controversial Health Topics
- Mass shootings,
- Health Risk Behaviors
- Political Communication