Nancy Rhodes Ph.D.

Nancy Rhodes

Associate Professor

  • Advertising + Public Relations
(517) 353-9909


Dr. Nancy Rhodes comes to Michigan State University from the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. Her research interests are broadly focused on persuasion and social influence – particularly how they affect health and safety behaviors. She has published work on the effects of attitudes and norms on cigarette smoking and risky driving behavior, and has ongoing projects in these domains. Her work has recently focused on how normative influences contribute to substance use, and on how norms might contribute to resistance toward health-related messages. Dr. Rhodes was trained as a Social Psychologist at Texas A&M, earning her Ph.D. in 1991. She worked pharmaceutical marketing research and other applied contexts for a number of years before returning to academia full time. Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Research, Communication Monographs and Media Psychology, as well as in specialty health and safety journals.

Research and Teaching

Research Centers and Labs

Health and Risk Communication Center

Contact Information

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Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824