Dr. Heather LaMarre (PhD, MPA - The Ohio State University) currently serves as chair for the Department of Communication and Social Influence within Klein College of Media and Communication, as well as chair of the mass communication division for the International Communication Association (ICA).
Dr. LaMarre’s research focus lies at the intersection of media psychology, health and political communication and narrative persuasion. Specifically, she is interested in the role media play in shaping attitudes, behaviors and opinions among key publics. Her recent work in this area examines the psychological processing and influence of media on corporate political behaviors and public attitudes with the aim of developing effective, persuasive communication strategies for social change. In 2018, Dr. LaMarre served as Fulbright Specialist in Israel where she studied the impact of political and social policy narratives on public attitudes. Dr. LaMarre’s research and impact are global, including serving as an expert in international media and collaborating as an invited researcher at Europe’s top social science program (University of Amsterdam). Her work is published in top scientific journals, presented at global conferences, often quoted by the press, and used in the classroom globally.
Dr. LaMarre has also served as the academic and/or adminstrative director of multiple award-winning programs, including the Masters in Conflict and Communication Management, London Study Abroad and Undergraduate Internship and Practicum. From 2014-2019, LaMarre served as chair of the Klein College Faculty Council. She has completed two terms as a university faculty senate representative and one as the university graduate board representative from Klein.