» Dr. Veronica Hefner
Assistant Professor

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Veronica Hefner
Office Location:
Doti Hall 204
Office Hours:
Spring 2014 Tue./Thu. 1-4 p.m.
Phone:
(714) 744-7952
Email:
Education
University of Tulsa, Bachelor of Arts
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Master of Arts
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Communication Studies
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Biography
Veronica Hefner (Ph.D., University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, 2011) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research interests concern the social cognitive effects of mass media. In particular, she focuses on mass commun cation processes and effects in areas of romantic relationships, body image, privacy, race, sexuality, and children.She has published articles in several top-tiered journals, including Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Dr. Hefnerfs work also appears in the Blackwell Handbook of Child Development and the Media as well as Race/Gender/Media: Considering diversity across audiences, content, and producers. She is currently an active member of the National Communication Association and International Communication Association.
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Hefner, V., & Wilson, B. J. (2013). From love at first sight to soul mate: The influence of romantic ideals in popular films on young people’s beliefs about relationships. Communication Monographs, 80 (2), 150-175. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2013.776697
Hefner, V., Woodward, K., Bevan, J. L., Figge, L., Santora, N., & Baloc, S. (in press). The Influence of television and film viewing on midlife women's body image, disordered eating, and food choice. Media Psychology.
Hefner, V. (2013). It’s not what romantic comedies you watch, but why you watch that really matters. Communication Currents, 8 (4). Retrieved from http://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=4069
Hefner, V. (2011). FROM LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT TO SOUL MATE: ROMANTIC IDEALS IN POPULAR FILMS AND THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE’S BELIEFS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. Dissertation. University of Illinois. Advisor: B. J. Wilson.