Celebrating Excellence in Communication Scholarship Speaker Panel

Fri, Mar 24, 2023   10:45 AM ‐ 2:45 PM


Dr. Analisa Arroyo, 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. | CAS 145


Between Mothers and Daughters: Communication Strategies that Promote Women’s Body Image

Photo of Dr. Analisa ArroyoAnalisa Arroyo earned a Ph.D. in Communication with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2013. Her research interests are in health and interpersonal communication. Specifically, Analisa explores how individuals’, friends’, romantic partners’, and family members’ interpersonal communication processes (e.g., weight-related communication, social support, social skills, relational care/control) are associated with health/well-being outcomes (e.g., body image issues, psychosocial well-being, mental health) and relational quality (e.g., satisfaction, commitment). Her research can be found in some of the top peer-reviewed Communication journals, including Communication Monographs and Human Communication Research, and has yielded press coverage in media outlets such as Fox NewsMSNBCGood Morning Americaand Fitness Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Arroyo teaches graduate- and undergraduate-level classes in relational communication, family communication, interpersonal communication, communication and body image, and research methods.

You can learn more about Dr. Arroyo's SITCH Lab here.

Dr. Meghan Sanders, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | CAS 145


The Power and Promise of Media: The Role of Entertainment Experiences in Building a Just World

Photo of Dr. Meghan SandersMeghan Sanders is the associate dean for research and graduate studies at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication. She joined the LSU faculty in 2006. She specializes in media and psychology, focusing on the psychological effects of mass media, as they pertain to psychological and subjective well-being. Her research focuses on enjoyment and appreciation of entertainment, morality and narrative engagement, and positive media psychology. Sanders’ research has been published in Mass Communication and SocietyJournal of Communication, and Communication Theory. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally at events in London, China, Japan and the Czech Republic. Her teaching expertise is in mass communication theory, research methods, statistics and public relations.

Sanders previously served as director of the Media Effects Lab, a research facility dedicated to exploring the underlying thought processes and emotions associated with using mediated communication.

From 2012 to 2016, she served as the associate dean for research and strategic planning for the Manship School. Sanders also served as director of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, a program aimed at mentoring new and would-be administrators by providing four days of leadership training and professional networking. She continues to lead workshops on academic leadership, having done so for the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication.

She earned her undergraduate degree in mass communication at Dillard University, her master's degree in media studies from The Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate in mass communication from The Pennsylvania State University.