Summer Updates from the Message Laboratory

It has been a busy and productive summer in the Message Lab. Highlights are listed below, with more exciting news to come in August:

Presentations, Panels, and Conferences

As part of the PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast (PROMISE 2.0) Initiative, led by Dr. David Buys, Dr. Holli Seitz recently conducted Mental Health First Aid trainings for MSU Extension Agents and MSU Student Affairs personnel.

Dr. Holli Seitz recently attended the American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute to receive additional training in evaluation. 

Smith, C. & Seitz, H. (2019, May). Correcting Misinformation about Neuroscience through Facebook’s “Related Articles” Feature.  Oral presentation given at the International Communication Association 69th Annual Conference, Washington, DC (Presented by H. Seitz). 

Guttmann, K., DeMauro, S., Flibotte, J., & Seitz, H. (2019, May).  Success of goals-of-care conversations in the NICU: A work-in-progress. Presentation given at the “Difficult Conversations in Healthcare” Preconference, International Communication Association 69th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Robertson, M. N., Williams, D., Seitz, H., Downey, L., Hardman, A., Stone, A., Steen, J., Buys, D., (2019, May). Physicians or media: Who gives patients opioid-related information? Poster presented at the National Rural Health Association Annual Rural Health Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Robertson, M. N., Downey, L. H., Hardman, A. M., Seitz, H. H., Steen, J., & Buys, D. R. (2019, May). Promoting prescription opioid misuse prevention strategies in rural America: Findings from focus groups. Presentation given at the National Health Outreach Conference, Fort Worth, TX.


Aubrey Parrish joined the Message Laboratory as a summer undergraduate research assistant.  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.


Dr. Holli Seitz was recently certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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