Claude Miller

Dr. Claude Miller
Position: Associate Professor and 

Director of Graduate Studies
Education: Ph.D., Arizona, 2000


Phone: 405-325-0861

Office: Burton Hall Room 125
Office Hours: W 1:00-2:30 or by appointment

Classes Spring 2018 semester:

COMM 6970 Affective Processes

Academic Interests: Dr. Miller's work investigates human affective responses to influences messages in various contexts by applying emotion, motivation, and social influence theories, particularly to mass mediated message designs targeting adolescent, elderly, and minority populations. Principle research areas include the effects of psychological reactance and the restoration of freedom on the inoculation process, and on health promotion and risk prevention messages; the effects of regulatory focus and subliminally induced mortality salience on social influence processes; and the application of vested interest theory to crisis and disaster-related communication. 

Professor Miller's work appears in Communication Monographs, Communication Research Reports, Disasters, The Electronic Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Human Communication Research, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Cognition, and forthcoming in the Jurnal of Communication, and Global Studies Journal, as well as in book chapters on communication and terrorism, and on the use of multimedia tools to test health promotion and prevention messages. He is the immediate past chair of the Communication and Social Cognition Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), where he has presented three award winning conference papers, and is a recipient of NCA's Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Representative Publications:

Miller, C. H., (2016). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 99-106.

Miller, C. H., (2016). Sensation seeking scales for adolescents and emerging adults. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 213-222.

Miller, C. H., & Adame, B.J. (2016). Scales for measuring the dimensions of vested interest. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 265-278

Mason, A.M. & Miller, C.H. (2016). The ability of inoculation to confer resistance to potentially deceptive health-nutrition related advertising claims. Health Education Journal. 75(2), 144–157

Miller, C. H., (2015). Persuasion and psychological reactance: The effects of explicit, high-controlling language. In R. Shulze & H. Pishwa (Eds), The exercise of power in communication: Devices, reception and reaction. London: Palgrave McMillan. pp 269-286.

Adame, B.J. & Miller, C.H. (2015) Vested interest & disaster preparedness: Strategic campaign message design. Health Communication, 30, 271–281.

Ivanov, B., Sims, J. D., Compton, J., Miller, C. H., Parker, K. A., Parker, J. L., Harrison, K. J., & Averbeck, J. M. (2015). The general content of post-inoculation talk: Recalled issue-specific conversations following inoculation treatments. Western Journal of Communication. 79(2), 218-238.

Averbeck, J.M., & Miller, C. H. (2014). Expanding language expectancy theory: The suasory effects of lexical complexity and syntactic complexity on effective message design. Communication Studies, 65, 72-95.

Dunbar, N., Miller, C., Adame, B., Elizondo, J., Wilson, S., Lane, B., Kauffman, A., Bessarabova, E., Jensen, M., Straub, S., Lee, Y-H., Burgoon, J., Valacich, J., Jenkins, J., & Zhang, J. (2014). Implicit and explicit training in the mitigation of cognitive bias through the use of a serious game. Computers in Human Behaviors, 37, 307-318.

Mason. A., & Miller, C. H. (2013). Inoculation message treatments for curbing non-communicable disease development. Pan American Journal of Public Health. 34, 29-35.

Miller, C. H., Ivanov, B, Compton, J., Averbeck, J. Robertson, K.J., Sims, J.D., Parker, K. A., & Parker, J.L. (2013). Boosting the potency of resistance: Combining the motivational forces of inoculation and psychological reactance. Human Communication Research, 39, 127-155.

Miller, C. H., Adame, B. J., & Moore, S. D. (2013). The role of vested interest in disaster preparedness. Disasters, 37, 1-27.

Miller, C. H., & Averbeck, J.M., (2013). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. Electronic Journal of Communication, 23 (3), Retrieved January 27, 2014, from the CIOS Website, 2013

Ivanov, B, Miller, C. H., Compton, J., Averbeck, J. Robertson, K.J., Sims, J.D., Parker, K. A., & Parker, J. L. (2012). Effects of post-inoculation talk on resistance to influence. Journal of Communication, 62, 701–718.

Ivanov, B., Parker, K. A., Miller, C. H., & Pfau, M. (2012). Culture as a moderator of inoculation success. Global Studies Journal 4, 1-22.