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Brittany N. Beckner

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Brittany Beckner
Phone: 937-229-2564


Dr. Brittany Beckner’s primary research interests focus on the intersections between health and interpersonal communication.  A particular passion in disability studies and the communication issues surrounding individuals with disabilities has driven much of her research as she strives to give a voice to individuals within this population.  Dr. Beckner’s most recent work in this field has focused on issues of stigma and disclosure for individuals with hearing loss.  Additional research interests include the ways in which we communicate about female body image, especially that of female athletes.  She has published in several journals, including Health Communication and Communication Quarterly, and has contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Health Communication. 


  • PhD, Communication, University of Kentucky
  • MA, Communication, University of Kentucky
  • BS, Organizational Communication, Ohio University

Research Interests

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Stigma
  • Female Athletes & Body Image

Recent Publications

Beckner, B. N., Record, R. A. (2016). Navigating the thin-ideal in an athletic world: Influence of coach communication on female athletes’ body image and health choices. Health Communication, 31(3), 364-373.

Frisby, B. N., Weber, K. D., Beckner, B. N. (2014). Participation requirements: An instructor strategy to influence student interest and learning. Communication Quarterly, 62(3), 308-322.

Helme, D. W., Lash, B. N. (2014). Campaign program strategies. In The Encyclopedia of Health. (Vol. 3, pp. 1105-1107). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Helme, D. W., Lash, B. N. (2014). Dual processing models: ELM & HSM. In The Encyclopedia of Health. (Vol. 1, pp. 376-378). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Helme, D. W., Lash, B. N. (2014). Moderating variables and audience effects. In The Encyclopedia of Health. (Vol. 2, pp. 891-893). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Lash, B. N. (2013). Research from the heart: Chancing labels and exposing a private identity. Health Communication, 28(4), 422-424.