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About Amber Reinhart

Amber Reinhart serves as Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director for the Department of Communication and Media.

Her research focuses on message design and behavior change, mainly in the area of health communication. She is interested in looking at the best ways to craft persuasive messages and other intervention components that will facilitate the greatest behavioral change (e.g., help people to find accurate health information online, sign organ and tissue donor cards, stop risky health behaviors) in selected populations.  She believes that by understanding the communicative process people experience when receiving a persuasive message, researchers can better isolate and identify the message characteristics that are pivotal when trying to change attitudes and behaviors. Message design clearly matters, and more thoughtful and informed approaches can have a significant impact on the lives of the segmented audiences for any given message. She is also interested in how new technologies affect health decisions.  Her work has been published in Communication Monographs, Health Communication, and Communication Reports. Her teaching focuses on health and interpersonal communication.

Positions

January 2018 - Present Provost's Faculty Fellow, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Communication & Media
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August 2006 - Present Associate Chair / Graduate Program Director / Associate Departmental Chair, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Communication & Media
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August 2002 - July 2006 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Buffalo
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Courses

  • COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 3360 Health Communication In Mass Mediated Contexts
  • COMM 3361 Health Communication In Interpersonal And Organizational Contexts
  • COMM 3600 Communication and Families
  • COMM 6515 Advanced Communication Research Methods II
  • COMM 6815 Persuasion and Influence in Communication

Education

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2004 - 2006 PhD, University at Buffalo ‐ Communication
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2002 - 2004 MA, University at Buffalo ‐ Communication
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1997 - 2001 BA, SUNY Geneseo ‐ Communication
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Contact Information

Phone: 314-516-5489

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Research Works (13)