• Communication Studies

Sheila Springer

Postdoctoral Teaching Associate

Sheila Springer is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Dr. Springer studies communication over the life span, and how stereotypes and media portrayals influence perceptions of aging and older adults. In the past, Dr. Springer has examined how message framing and intergroup contact influence attitudes toward social policy and social groups.

She has also examined whether extreme counter-stereotypical media exemplars reinforce or reduce stereotypes. More recently, her work focuses on media used for coping during bereavement among surviving spouses. Her work has appeared in Human Communication Research.

Prior to joining the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, Dr. Springer earned her Ph.D. from the department of Communication at the University of Arizona where she also taught undergraduate courses and obtained her teaching certification. She holds a MA degree in Communication from the University of Arizona, and graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University with a BA in Communication Studies.

Dr. Springer teaches public speaking for the department of Communication Studies. Prior to joining Northeastern University she taught a variety of Communication courses including social science research methods, public relations, public speaking, introduction to communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and communication over the lifespan.

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Education

  • Ph.D. in Communication

Awards

  • January 2017 - Booster Dissertation Award- Dept. of Communication, University of Arizona,

Courses Taught

  • Prior to joining Northeastern University she taught a variety of Communication courses including social science research methods, public relations, public speaking, introduction to communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and communication over the lifespan.

Research/Publications Highlights

• Studies communication over the life span, and how stereotypes and media portrayals influence perceptions of aging and older adults

 

• Examined how message framing and intergroup contact influence attitudes toward social policy and social groups

 

• Examined whether extreme counter-stereotypical media exemplars reinforce or reduce stereotypes

 

• Focuses on media used for coping during bereavement among surviving spouses

 

• Her work has appeared in Human Communication Research

Professional Affiliations

• National Communication Association

• International Communication Association

• Western Communication Association

• Phi Kappa Phi