The Research of a WSU PhD Student

By Larry Wallace, Wayne State University Update 3/21/2016 EST 9:10 AM

Wayne State PhD student Kimberly Daniels

Wayne State University Communication Studies PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kimberly Daniels currently produces research that primarily focuses on interpersonal communication, mass media effects and media psychology.

Before embarking on her journey as a Warrior, Daniels received the chance to experience another institution during her academic career. Daniels completed her BAA and MA at Central Michigan university, where she eventually started working for WMHW-FM. Her master’s thesis detailed the effects of avatar customization in virtual worlds.

While doing research Daniels gets the opportunity to investigate things such as the influence of media on behavior, romantic relationships, relational satisfaction, relational development and loneliness. Daniels believes exploring these aspects of research has played a major role in her receiving a better understanding of the communication field.

“I have had the opportunity to focus on research in so many things relating to communication,” said Daniels. And I really believe this research will not only make me successful in this field, but it will also make me more knowledgeable on communications as a whole.”

Currently Daniels is working on a content analysis of different HIV messages from across the world. The focal point of the analysis examines how mainstream news frames the different metaphors of the virus and how this can lead to extreme social and political  issues.

“HIV is something massive that the whole world is facing,” said Daniels. “So I won’t lie, I find it super cool that I get to do research on a virus that impacts a great amount of the world’s population.”

Working closely with professors is one of the best things about completing research at WSU, Daniels explained.

“It’s great working with Dr. Sopory,” said Daniels. “I think he really knows what he’s talking about. He’s an expert in media facts and he’s kind of stirring me to be an experimental researcher.”

In the future, Daniels hopes that her research will be a beneficial tool for other PhD students.

“I’m a PhD student so I would hope that my research would contribute to something,” said Daniels. “I’ll write a dissertation, which would go in the archive at Wayne State and that will contribute to knowledge that maybe future PhD students use to write their dissertations.”

For more information on Daniels current and future research, please visit the CFPCA website.



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