Dr. Alicia Mason joined the PSU Department of Communication in Fall of 2009. She is a former broadcaster, who worked with local media outlets KOAM and KKOW in SE Kansas, prior to receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Alicia's primary emphasis areas are public health influence/resistance research related to risk/crisis communication. Dr. Mason's work has been presented at 21 national and international conferences, and appears in top academic journals including: Communication Quarterly, Communication Monographs, Innovative Abstracts, Health Communication, & Journal of Intercultural Communication. Dr. Mason was the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
Mason is the co-advisor for the PR/Ad club and works with both the Public Relations and Advertising tracks within the department. Her current research interests are in the public health domain, specifically examining risk/crisis response strategies while advancing current risk/crisis theory. Dr. Mason is a legislative advisor to the 3rd district of Kansas, a contributor to the Joplin Area Advertising Federation, and a faculty point-person for the Bachelor's of Integrated Studies [SSRM] Program: Society, Sustainability and Resource Management.
"I am so happy to be back in the Pittsburg community with my two daughters! Teaching in this department is such a rewarding opportunity to work with great students, and share in their learning experience." Alicia enjoys photography, traveling and hanging out on Grand Lake every chance she gets!!!!