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Elizabeth Spencer, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth SpencerAssistant Professor of Strategic Communication, Department of Communication, Media, and Languages



  • Ph.D. in Communication (2020), University of Kentucky
  • M.A. in Communication (2015), Pittsburg State University
  • B.S. in Communication (2014), Missouri Southern State University


Teaching Specializations

  • Public Relations
  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Creative, Strategic, and Social Media



Elizabeth Spencer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of English, Communication, Media, and Languages. Her teaching experience includes strategic, organizational, health, and interpersonal communication, and creative media. Her dissertation examined the influence of communication and relational dynamics in families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Spencer’s scholarship includes several conference presentations, refereed publications, and book chapters investigating communication issues and media messages in relation to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their caregivers, as well as media coverage and strategic communication of health issues. Her research experiences include work on a National Institutes of Health grant aimed at improving the quality of physicians’ end-of-life conversations with patients, research on how physicians communicate the cost of healthcare with their patients, Kentucky newspaper coverage of health, and media messages to prevent opioid abuse in Appalachia.


During her undergraduate experience, Elizabeth studied abroad in France, where she attended the International Media Seminar at the American University of Paris. Her master’s thesis project included the production of a narrative documentary film which was screened at the American Public Health Association annual conference.


In addition to her teaching and scholarship interests, Elizabeth has almost a decade of professional experience in public relations, media, and leadership in a variety of organizations.



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