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Dr. Cynthia Allan

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Phone: 620-235-4716
Fax: 620-235-4686

Grubbs Hall Room 215
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

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. Dr. Mason's work has been presented at several national and international conferences and appears in top academic journals including: Communication Quarterly, Communication Monographs, Innovative Abstracts, Health Communication, and Journal of Intercultural Communication. Dr. Mason's work was also recently featured on NewsRx.com. Dr. Mason's academic interests in risk/crisis communication spans into organizational/business, public health, and environmental contexts.

Dr. Mason was the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. She is the co-advisor for the PR/Ad club and works within both Public Relations and Advertising tracks within the department. Dr. Mason is a contributor to the Joplin Area Advertising Federation and is the faculty point-person for the Bachelor's of Integrated Studies [SSRM] Program: Society, Sustainability and Resource Management.

Published Manuscripts


Pfau, M., Semmler, S., Lane, L., Mason, A., Nisbett, G., Deatrick, L, (2009) Nuances about the role and impact of affect in inoculation. Communication Monographs.


Pfau, M., Semmler, S., Lane, L., Mason, A., Nisbett, G., Deatrick, L. (2010). The role and impact of involvement and enhanced threat in resistance. Communication Quarterly.


Mason, A., & Welch, N. (2010). Preview Reviews: Bringing the movie theater experience into the classroom: A viable tool for increasing classroom retention and recall. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development: Innovative Abstracts, 36(2).


Mason, A. & Wright, K. (2011). Framing medical tourism: An examination of appeal, risk, convalescence, accreditation, and interactivity in medical tourism Websites. Journal of Health Communication.


Mason, A. & Wright, K., Bogard, J. (2011). Assessing cultural representations of physician and patient imagery in medical tourism websites. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 25.


Mason. A., & Miller, C. H. (2012). Inoculation message treatments offer insights for curbing non-communicable disease development. Pan American Journal of Public Health. Forthcoming Issue- 2013


Mason, A. & Wright, K. (2013). The life cycle of a virus: The infectious disease narrative of NDM-1. Journal of Health Communication. Forthcoming Issue


Mason, A.. (2013). The impact of media frames and treatment responsibility within the Situational Crisis Communication Theory Framework. Corporate Reputation Review. Forthcoming Issue

Alicia Mason

Alicia Mason

Public Relations, Advertising

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication
Grubbs Hall Room 213
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

620-235-4720 office phone
620-235-4686 fax