Nicole Messina
Department: Media and Communication



Nicole Messina is a 1st year doctoral student at the Klein College of Media and Communication. Her research focuses on media consumers’ conscious and subconscious engagement with entertainment media, with a particular interest in the parasocial interactions and relationships that develop between individuals and media figures. Through her research she seeks to better understand how such interactions with media and media figures can become a catalyst for attitude and behavior change among individual viewers and consumers. Currently Nicole’s intellectual interests intersect with research in public health, as well as the relationship between media consumption and young consumers’ developing social/group identities and sense of self.





Media Studies and Production

Temple University


Communication Studies

West Chester University of Pennsylvania