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About the Authors

Stacey J.t. Hust, Ph.D. & Kathleen Boyce Rodgers, Ph.D.

Drs. Stacey J.T. Hust and Kathleen Rodgers began their scholarly collaboration because of a common interest in furthering understanding of media’s influence on adolescent and emerging adults’ sexual script development and sexual risk behavior. Dr. Hust’s work in gender, media effects, and sexual assault among college students, and Dr. Rodgers’ work in the area of adolescent development and sexuality complement each other well in this collaboration. We have three primary domains of research: (1) media and dating/intimate partner violence, (2) media and healthy romantic relationships, and (3) adolescent and parent communication about media messages.


Stacey J.T. Hust

Stacey J.T. Hust (Ph.D., 2005, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an associate professor of communication and Director of the Strategic Communication Sequence in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.  Her research identifies effective health communication messaging that can be used to reduce sexual assault and promote healthy sexual relationships among young people.


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Kathleen Boyce Rodgers

Kathleen Rodgers (Ph.D., 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. She has expertise in the areas of adolescent development and risk-taking, with particular focus on sexuality and gender socialization.