Jessica Gall Myrick

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • Office:
    Franklin Hall 0030L (sub-basement level)
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  • Research and Creative Interests

    Emotions and Media, Health/Science/Environmental Communication, Entertainment Psychology, Computer-Mediated Communication, Human-Computer Interaction,


    Jessica Gall Myrick received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013). Her research examines the role of emotions in shaping audience reactions to health and environmental messages. She is particularly interested in research on the impact of interactive communication technologies in this realm, with an emphasis on how media use can lead to beneficial and prosocial outcomes. Her program of research includes work on how to increase civic engagement in processes related to public health and environmental policies. 

    Much of Myrick's work uses experiments and structural equation modeling to test causal mechanisms behind the effects of news, entertainment, and social media messages. Her research has won awards from multiple conferences and been featured by news outlets across the globe.

    Prior to joining the faculty in the fall of 2013, Myrick worked as a multiplatform reporter and producer and as a magazine writer and columnist. She also holds a B.A. (Political Science, 2005) and an M.A. (Journalism, 2007) from Indiana University.

    While studying at IU, Myrick was an All-American track and cross country athlete for the Hoosiers. She currently serves as IU's representative on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA), an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Myrick lives in Bloomington with her husband, Scott, and their pug dog, Biscuit.

    Selected Publications:

    Myrick, J. G. (2016). Public perceptions of celebrity cancer deaths: How identification and emotions shape cancer stigma and behavioral intentions. Health Communication. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1224450

    Comello, M. L. G., Myrick, J. G., & Raphiou, A. (2016). A health fundraising experiment using the 'foot-in-the-door' technique. Health Marketing Quarterly. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/07359683.2016.1199209

    Myrick, J. G., Noar, S. M., Kelley, D., & Zeitany, A. (2016). The relationships between female adolescents' media use, indoor tanning outcome expectations, and behavioral intentions. Health Education & Behavior. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1090198116667251

    Lu, Y., & Myrick, J. G. (2016). Cross-cutting exposure on Facebook and political participation: Unraveling the effects of emotional responses and online incivility. Journal of Media Psychology, 28, 100-110. doi:10.1027/1864-1105/a000203

    Myrick, J. G., Holton, A., Himelboim, I., & Love, B. (2016). #Stupidcancer: Exploring a typology of social support and the role of emotional expression in a social media community. Health Communication, 31(5), 596-605. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.981664

    Grabe, M. E., & Myrick, J. G. (2016). Informed citizenship in a media-centric way of life. Journal of Communication, 66(2), 215-235. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12215

    Myrick, J. G. (2015). The role of emotions in preventative health communication. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

    Myrick, J. G. & Wojdynski, B. (2015). Moody news: The impact of collective emotion ratings on online news consumers’ attitudes toward and memory for content. New Media & Society. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1461444815598755

    Myrick, J. G., Noar, S. M., Kelley, D., Zeitany, A. E., Morales-Pico, B. M., & Thomas, N. E. (2015). A longitudinal test of the Comprehensive Indoor Tanning Expectations (CITE) scale: The importance of affective beliefs in predicting indoor tanning behavior. Journal of Health Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1359105315595116 

    Myrick, J. G., Willoughby, J. F., & Verghese, R. S. (2015). How and why young adults do and do not search for health information: Cognitive and affective factors. Health Education Journal, 75(2), 208-219. doi:10.1177/0017896915571764

    Myrick, J. G. (2015). Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect? Computers in Human Behavior, 52, 168-176. doi:0.1016/j.chb.2015.06.001

    Myrick, J. G. & Oliver, M. B. (2015). Laughing and crying: Mixed emotions, compassion, and the effectiveness of a YouTube PSA about skin cancer. Health Communication, 30(8), 820-829. doi:10.1080/10410236.2013.845729

    Pavelko, R. L., & Myrick, J. G. (2015). That’s so OCD: The effects of disease trivialization via social media on user perceptions and impression formation. Computers in Human Behavior, 49, 251-258. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.02.061

    Noar, S. M., Myrick, J. G., Zeitany, A. E., Kelley, D., Morales-Pico, B. M., & Thomas, N. E. (2015). Testing a social cognitive theory-based model of indoor tanning: Implications for health communication. Health Communication, 30(2), 164-174. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.974125 

    Myrick, J. G., Noar, S. M., Willoughby, J. F., & Brown, J. (2014). Public reaction to the death of Steve Jobs: Implications for cancer communication. Journal of Health Communication, 19(11), 1278-1295. doi:10.1080/10810730.2013.872729.

    Myrick, J. G. & Evans, S. D. (2014). Do PSAs take a bite out of Shark Week? The effects of juxtaposing environmental messages with violent images of shark attacks. Science Communication, 36(5), 544-569. doi:10.1177/1075547014547159