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Public Relations


Dr. Holli Seitz

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication
P.O. Box PF
McComas Hall, Room 237
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-7840
Fax: 662-325-3210


  • BA 2005: Mississippi State University, Communication
  • MPH 2007: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Health Behavior
  • MA 2012: University of Pennsylvania, Communication
  • PhD 2016: University of Pennsylvania, Communication

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Elements of Persuasion
  • Health Communication

Research Interests

  • Health communication
  • Message effects
  • Media effects
  • Health equity
  • Science Communication

Representative Publications

  • Seitz, H. H., Schapira, M. M., Gibson, L., Skubisz, C., Mello, S., Armstrong, K., & Cappella, J. N. (2017). Explaining the effects of a decision intervention on mammography intentions: The roles of worry, fear, and perceived susceptibility to breast cancer. Psychology & Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1387261
  • Bigsby, E., Seitz, H. H., Halpern, S., Volpp, K., & Cappella, J. N. (2017). Estimating acceptability of financial health incentives. Health Education & Behavior, 44, 513-518. doi: 10.1177/1090198116664072
  • Seitz, H. H., Gibson, L., Skubisz, C., Forquer, H., Mello, S., Schapira, M. M., Armstrong, K., Cappella, J. N. (2016). Effects of a risk-based online mammography intervention on accuracy of perceived risk and mammography intentions. Patient Education and Counseling, 99, 1647-1656. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.05.005
  • Gibson, L., Brennan, E., Momjian, A., Shapiro-Luft, D., Seitz, H., & Cappella, J.N. (2015). Assessing the consequences of implementing graphic warning labels on cigarette packs for tobacco-related health disparities. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17:898-907.
  • Bigsby, E., Cappella, J. N., & Seitz, H. H. (2013). Efficiently and effectively evaluating public service announcements: Additional evidence for the utility of perceived effectiveness. Communication Monographs, 8

Professional Organizations

  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Society for Health Communication