Ciera Dockter

Doctoral Student

CIERA DOCKTER (Kirkpatrick) is a Ph.D. candidate and teaching fellow in strategic communication at the Missouri School of Journalism, specializing in health communication, message processing, and media effects. Ciera’s research entails a social scientific, experimental approach to investigate cognitive and emotional processing of mediated health messages and the effect that message processing has on outcomes such as message effectiveness, persuasion, attitudes, and behavior change, with the overall goal of improving health outcomes. In doing so, Ciera has employed self-report measures along with individuals’ psychophysiological responses such as skin conductance, heart rate, and facial EMG.

At the Missouri School of Journalism, Ciera has had the opportunity to teach writing-intensive courses, as well as an undergraduate research methods course in the strategic communication curriculum. She also has experience with course development and online teaching, as she had the opportunity to develop an online version of a health news and promotion class for an online master’s program at the University of Missouri. Before coming to Missouri, Ciera taught public speaking at Wichita State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication (emphasizing in integrated marketing) and a master’s degree in communication.

Prior to pursuing academia, Ciera worked for a digital marketing agency in Wichita as a copywriter and social media consultant. This experience gave Ciera practical skills to share with her students.

Publications

  • Dockter, C., Lee, S., Boman, C.D., Hinnant, A., & Cameron, G.T. (2020). The impact of retransmission and modality on communicating health research findings via social media. Health Communication, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1749354
  • Lee, S., Lee, N., & Dockter, C. (2020). Effects of message presentation type on GM food risk perception, similarity judgment, and attitude. Health Communication, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1787926
  • Cowan, N., Adams, E.J., Bhangal, S., Corcoran, M., Decker, R., Dockter, C., … Watts, A. L. (2019). Foundations of arrogance: A broad survey and framework for research. Review of General Psychology, 23(4), 425-443. https://doi.org10.1177/1089268019877138

Presentations

  • Dockter, C., Lee, S., Lee, N., & Hong, Y. (2020, May). Cognitive and emotional processing of Instagram posts: The impact of thin vs. overweight body portrayals. Extended abstract presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19.
  • Lee, N., Lee, S. & Dockter, C. (2020, May). Engaging the African American population in clinical trials: Effects of communication source credentials and racial representation. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19.
  • Lee, N., Lee, S. & Dockter, C. (2020, May). Effects of popularity cues in health news: An eye-tracking study. Extended abstract presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Conference, Converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19.
  • Dockter, C. & Lee, S. (2019, August). The impact of source credibility and topic relevance on audience responses to health podcasts. Poster presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Lee, N., Dockter, C., & Lee, S. (2019, August). Effects of message presentation type on GM food risk perception, similarity judgement, and attitude. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Dockter, C., Hu, S., & Lee, S. (2019, May). Examination of comparative advertising and realistic framing in e-cigarette television advertisements. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Lee, S., Zhu, J., Dockter, C., et al. (2019, May). Development of effective strategies for firearm-safety communication messages by pedestrians to parents. Paper presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Dockter, C. & Lee, S. (2019, March). Examining how source credibility affects health behavioral intentions among podcast listeners. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Midwinter Conference, Norman, OK.
  • Dockter, C. (2018, August). Health behavior intention: A concept explication. Poster presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Dockter, C. & Rackers, E. (2018, March). Anaphylaxis isn’t the only thing to cause shock: A case study analyzing Mylan’s handling of the EpiPen price increase. Paper presented at the International Public Relations Conference (IPPRC), Orlando, FL.
  • Dockter, C. & Rackers, E. (2018, March). More than just allergic reactions: An analysis of public reaction to Mylan’s EpiPen price increase. Paper presented at the International Public Relations Conference (IPPRC), Orlando, FL.
  • Dockter, C. (2017, April). Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters: Examining feminism and intersectionality in Jane the Virgin. Paper presented at the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium (GRASP), Wichita, KS.
  • Dockter, C. (2017, March). Intercourse, independence, and immigration: The promotion of intersectional feminism in Jane the Virgin. Paper presented at the Kansas Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference, Wichita, KS.
  • Dockter, C. (2017, February). Jane’s no virgin to gender equality: A Feminist Critique of Jane the Virgin. Paper presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Bowman, S., Dockter, C., Gimenez, M., … Parviz, E. (2016, April). Food for thought: Assessing the need for a campus-based food pantry. Poster presented at the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium (GRASP), Wichita, KS.

Updated: July 15, 2020