Holli Seitz, MPH, PhD

Holli Seitz, MPH, PhD, is the director of the Message Lab. An expert in message effects, she is most interested in applying communication science to advance health and to understand how best to communicate scientific findings to relevant publics. Dr. Seitz is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University and a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center. She can be reached at

Ciarra Smith

Ciarra Smith is a research assistant in the Message Lab and an MSU Provost Scholar.  Her academic interests include neurobiology and science communication.  Ciarra hopes to further understanding of how individuals explore and engage in the sciences. Following graduation, she will pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

Aubrey Parrish

Aubrey Parrish is a summer undergraduate research assistant in the Message Laboratory.  Aubrey is a student at Florida State University and will graduate in December with degrees in Information, Communication, and Technology and Music.  Aubrey’s academic interests include social media platforms, marketing, and designing websites and mobile applications.

Ben Mackin

Ben Mackin is a research assistant in the Message Lab.  Ben is an MSU Provost Scholar and is majoring in sociology with a minor in journalism.  His research interests include issues of race and social justice.

Flora Dedeaux

Flora Dedeaux is a research assistant in the Message Lab and an MSU Presidential Scholar.  She is currently majoring in Communication, with concentrations in Broadcast and Public Relations.  Her research interests include communication and the media.