The Department of Communication's undergraduate and graduate academic programs embrace a common mission: to fortify the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective human communication. The focus is on oral, written, and mediated communication skills that are essential in both professional and personal lives.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Walter Franco
  • Mary Ann Gallo
  • Lisa Hunter-Mason
  • Michael Montecalvo
  • Dana Nolfe
  • Adam Olenn
  • Leslie Saylor
Morse, Chris

Chris R. Morse

Associate Professor, Communication
Faculty Suite H, Room 227
Ph D, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Illinois State University
BA, Pennsylvania State University

Health Communication, Risk and Crisis Communication, Persuasion, Research Methods

Uncertainty, Risk/Crisis Communication, Social Support, Health Communication, Politeness, Emotion and Mood in Communication, Information Seeking

  • American Academy on Communication in Healthcare
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association
  • 2018, Merit Award Bryant University
  • 2015, Merit Award Bryant University
  • 2011, Summer Research Stipend
  • 2011, Merit Award Bryant University
  • 2009, Summer Research Stipend
  • 2004, Top Paper award in Health Communication Division

Morse, C., An examination into the impact of mood on perception and politeness interactions.

Volkman, J., Gangi, J., Morse, C., Emotional Statements in Sexual Health History Narratives: An Examination of Hope and Fear, Western Journal of Communication.

Volkman, J., Hokeness, K., Morse, C., Sources of Vaccine Information: Perceptions of Safety and Risk, Journal of Healthcare Communication.

Morse, C., Interpersonal Message Design: Theories, Evolvement, and Modern Application, Interactive Press, 2019.

Morse, C., Message Design: Contemporary concerns, Interactive Press, 2019.

Morse, C., Afifi, W., I’m not rude, I’m just moody: The impact of affect on politeness in initial interactions, Communication Research, 2015.

Morse, C., The Theory of Motivated Information Management, Sage Publications, 2014.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., Quick, B. L., Whaley, B. B., Experimental Research in Health Communication , Routledge, 2014.

Trunzo, J., Samter, W., Morse, C., Volkman, J., College students’ use of energy drinks, social problem solving and academic performance, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs/Taylor & Francis, 2014.

Morse, C., Measurement, Cognella Academic Press, 2013.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., Samter, W., Trunzo, J., The Influence of Uncertainty and Social Support on Information Seeking Concerning Illicit Stimulant Use Among Young Adults, Health Communication/Taylor & Francis, 2013.

Samter, W., Whaley, B., Morse, C., Do we need to put god into emotional support?: A comparison of Euro-Americans' and African-Americans' evaluations of religious versus non-religious comforting messages, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 2013.

Long, S., Morgan, S., Harrison, T., Afifi, W., Stephenson, M., Reichert, T., Morse, C., When families talk: Applying interpretative phenomenological analysis to African-American famlies discussing their awareness, commitment, and knowledge of organ donation, Journal of the National Medical Association, 2012.

Morse, C., Metts, S., Situational and communicative predictors of forgiveness following a relational transgression, Western Journal of Communication, 2011.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., An examination into the dyadic effects of mood in social interaction, Communication Research Reports, 2010.

Afifi, W., Morse, C., Expanding the role of emotion in the Theory of Motivated Information Management, Routledge, 2009.

Morse, C., Devloping Relationships, Sage Publications, 2009.

Morse, C., Afifi, W., Morgan, S., Stephenson, M., Reichert, T., Harrison, T., Long, S., Religiosity, anxiety, and discussions about organ donation: Understanding a complex system of associations , Health Communication, 2009.

Afifi, T., Afifi, W., Hamrick, K., Morse, C., Adolescents’ and parents’ avoidance tendencies and physiological reactions to discussions about their parents’ relationship: Implications for post-divorced and non-divorced families , Communication Monographs, 2008.

Dillow, M., Morse, C., Afifi, W., Romantic reconciliation as influenced by implicit theories of relationships and information seeking style, Human Communication, 2008.

Afifi, W., Morgan, S., Stephenson, M., Morse, C., Harrison, T., Reichert, T., Long, S., Examining the decision to talk with family about organ donation: Applying the Theory of Motivated Information Management, Communication Monographs, 2006.

Afifi, W., Dillow, M., Morse, C., Examining predictors and consequences of information seeking in close relationships, Personal Relationships, 2004.