Elise M. Stevens is a media psychology researcher and an adjunct instructor in the MJ-school’s online master’s program.

A 2016 MJ-school doctoral alumna, Stevens investigates the emotional and cognitive effects of health communication, persuasive messages, humor messages and entertainment programming. Her work has been published in Communication Research, Mass Communication and Society, Sexuality & Culture, Health Marketing Quarterly and Communication Research Reports. It has been presented at conferences for the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, and the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Steven is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Stephenson Cancer Center's Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. She studies affective neuroscience to help inform effective message design for improving health outcomes.



  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Ithaca College