Meet the Team

 

Dr. Russell B. Clayton (Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2015) is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Cognition and Emotion Lab in the School of Communication. He is also a research affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity. At the broadest level, Clayton’s research examines the real-time cognitive and emotional processes that unfold when people are exposed to media messages. Clayton’s research relies primarily on experimental methods utilizing psychophysiological, behavioral, self-report, and memory measures to examine how people interact with and respond to persuasive health messages. His work has been published in top-tier journals including the Journal of Communication; Media Psychology; Communication Monographs; Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; Journal of Health CommunicationJournal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; & Health Communication, among others. Clayton was recently named as One of Four Emerging Scholar by AEJMC in 2020.

Joshua Hendrickse (Lab Manager)

Joshua Hendrickse (ABD) is the CEL lab manager and a doctoral candidate of Communication Theory at Florida State University. Joshua earned his M.A. in Media and Communication Studies from Florida State University. He has been on the CEL team since August 2015. Joshua is interested in the processes and effects underlying media's effect on body image. During Joshua's free time, he likes to watch good movies and play basketball.

Talalah Khan

Talalah Khan is a Master’s student of Integrated Marketing Communication at Florida State University. Talalah is interested in the study of New Media Technologies and Body Image, as well as Health Communication. When she’s not doing school work, she’s either reading political autobiographies or binge watching Netflix with extra helpings of crème bruleè. Not so occasionally, she goes for runs.

Cole Rao

Cole Rao is a doctoral student of communication at Florida State University. Cole earned his B.A. in Public Relations & Strategic Communication from Purdue University and his M.S. in International Communication from St. John’s University.  He has been on the CEL team since September 2019.  Cole is interested in studying the cognitive and emotional responses to political and crisis communication strategies.  During Cole’s free time he likes spending time with friends.

Faith Delle

Faith Delle recently graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication. She feels inspired to use her psychology background, research experience, and multicultural marketing concentration toward a career in media research in the entertainment industry. Delle wants to dedicate her career to researching political messages and social issues in the media as well as seeking representation amongst culturally diverse populations in entertainment. In her free time, she enjoys watching thrillers, reading about human motivation, and running.

CEL Alumni:

Claire Georgiadis graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication Studies from Florida State University in May of 2019. Claire was on the CEL team from August of 2017 to May of 2019. She is currently a graduate student at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University as part of the Employee Scholar Program with Raytheon Technologies.

Daniella Frank graduated with bachelor's degrees in Media Communication Studies and Biology from Florida State University in May 2017. Daniella was on the CEL team from August of 2016 to May of 2017. She is currently a graduate student in Media Communication Studies at the London School of Economics.

Rachel Secharan graduated with a Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Florida State University in May of 2018. She was on the CEL team from August 2015 to May 2018. She is currently a Senior Research Analyst at WarnerMedia in New York.

Mia Ersoff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a degree in both Media Communications and Psychology. She was on the CEL team from August 2017 to May 2019. She is currently a doctoral student in Health Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.  

Jonmichael Seibert, Ph.D. (2020) graduated with a doctoral degree in Communication Theory at Florida State University. He was on the CEL team from August 2016 to May 2020. He is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University.

Christiana Giallanza graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication Studies from Florida State University in May of 2020. She was on the CEL team from August 2019 to May 2020. She is currently participating in PSAV’s National College Leadership Program.

Amber Livingston graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication Studies from Florida State University in August of 2018. She was on the CEL team from August 2017 to August 2018. She is currently a Marketing Associate at Sierra Monitor Corporation in Silicon Valley.

Sammie Rice graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication Studies from Florida State University in May of 2019. Sammie was on the CEL team from August of 2017 to May of 2019. She is currently a Digital Marketing Specialist at Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite National Park.

Madison Wilde graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Marketing Communication at Florida State University in May of 2018. She was on the CEL team from August of 2015 to May of 2018. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Television and Screen Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Elizabeth Ray, Ph.D. (2020) graduated with a doctoral degree in Communication Theory at Florida State University. She was on the CEL team from August 2017 to May 2018. She is currently a Postdoctoral scholar at Florida State University.

Andy Ellis (deceased) was a doctoral student in Communication Theory at Florida State University. Andy was on the CEL team from August of 2015 to May of 2017. He was a brilliant and shining light and is sincerely missed.

Alexia Gonzales is an undergraduate student in Media Communication Studies at Florida State University. Alexia was on the CEL team from August of 2015 to May of 2016. She is currently interning with The Children's Campaign.

Natalia Sanchez is an undergraduate student in Media Communication Studies at Florida State University. Alexia was on the CEL team from August of 2015 to May of 2016. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree.

Yijie Wu, Ph.D. (2018) graduated with a doctoral degree in  Communication Theory at Florida State University. Yijie was on the CEL team from August of 2015 to August of 2016. She is currently a Data Scientist at CVS Health.