Current Collaborators

Dr. Kenneth Critchfield (Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D., University of Utah, M.S., University of Utah, Honors B.S., University of Utah) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology and the Director of the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology at James Madison University. Dr. Critchfield leads the Psychotherapy Lab focusing on Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT). Dr. Critchfield frequently consults on issues of methodology, design, and analysis for projects involving the interface between interpersonal measurement (especially moment-by-moment interactional process using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior), personality, and psychopathology. He serves as secretary for the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), as well as past-chair of the Education and Training Committee of Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Div. 29). He is licensed in VA and maintains a small practice applying IRT to a wide range of clinical problems.






Dr. Patrick F. Merle (Ph.D., Texas Tech) is a French native and former news reporter, having covered notably 9/11. Dr. Merle now works as an Associate Professor at the School of Communication at Florida State University. He teaches courses related to crisis communication, international public relations, and research methods. He focuses his research on the relationship between media and behavior and attitudes.


Dr. Jennifer J. PeeksMease (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies. Dr. PeeksMease trains our research associates and assistants in communication techniques for their clinical interviews with participants experiencing suicidal ideation. Consequently, she focuses her energy on creating the conditions under which people can be the best versions of themselves. As a scholar she does this by investigating how social bias is built into organizational structures, and identifying ways that individuals and groups cope with, challenge, and change those structures. Here at JMU she works with a fabulous group of undergraduate students in the Gender and Work Research Collective, which focuses on research and outreach that addresses issues of women and work. More broadly, Jennifer is interested in the intersections of identity and work, the cultural production of whiteness and white identity, and changing organizations/organizing for social change.





Past Collaborators




Dr. Tobias Reynolds-Tylus (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., SUNY Buffalo, B.A., SUNY Buffalo) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University. His research interests include health communication, persuasion, health campaigns, and media representations of health. To date, much of his work has been focused on the design and evaluation of organ donor registration campaigns. His work has been presented at national and international conferences, and in refereed journals, including Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Clinical Transplantation.




Dr. Matthew Brigham (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Baylor University, B.A., Baylor University) is an Assistant Professor in The School of Communication Studies at James Madison  University. Dr. Brigham is the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Faculty awardee and has been a Madison Research Fellow, a Madison Teaching Fellow, and has assisted with the James Madison debate team, who awarded him their coveted “Friend of Debate” award. Matt’s research utilizes rhetorical and argumentation theory to explore various controversies. He often focuses on public controversies, especially those involving the environment, race, international/transitional issues, or some combination of these. Matt also examines pedagogical and university/disciplinary-oriented controversies. For instance, he is interested in how  we should consider the role of academic forensics (speech and debate) in the communication discipline and at the university; and how forensics serve as a rich site of academic inquiry. Matt’s research has appeared in journals including the Western Journal of Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, Speaker & Gavel, and The Florida Communication Journal. Matt enjoys collaborating on scholarly projects with colleagues.


Dr. Leigh Nelson (Ph.D., Purdue University, M.A., Washington State University, B.S., Washington State University) is a Professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University. Dr. Nelson’s research is focused mainly on the intersection between mass media and interpersonal communication, specifically looking at computer-mediated communication, family communication, alcohol use and communication, and media effects. Recently, Dr. Nelson INSERT AWARD.



Dietrich Maune (M.F.A., East Carolina University, B.F.A., East Carolina University) is a Professor and Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Letters at James Madison University. He has exhibited in more than 50 invitational and juried fine art and multimedia exhibitions and his work resides in numerous public and private collections including the Greenville Museum of Art (NC), GreenTree Financial Corp., DSM Pharmaceuticals, and Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He has won numerous juried awards for his fine art and interactive media work. Media awards include the Broadcast Education Association in 2001 and 2002, and AEJMC in 2002. His interactive media productions include “Ice Age Adventures: A Mammoth Mystery” CD-ROM for The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, SD and Mr. Madison Remembers CD-ROM for the Montpelier Foundation in Virginia. He has also designed logo and print pieces for a variety of clients including the master template design for the BMW Motorcycle Riders Association monthly publication On The Level in 2007. Prior to coming to JMU, he taught Multimedia Design at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD and Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD.



Dr. Grant C Corser is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University. He earned his Ph.D. in Personality and Social Psychology from The University of Mississippi. His broad research interests include applied personality and social psychological theories which focus specifically on motivation, emotion, and decision making. Most recently, he has been researching personality variables which affect workplace environment.  Dr. Corser has a genuine passion for teaching undergraduate students and teaching students how to conduct research. He is active in campus and community service, and on multiple occasions served as a sports consultant for the SUU Women’s Gymnastics team, and assistant football coach for the local high school. He has co-directed more than 10 short-term study abroad program to places like Mexico, Romania, Ireland, and Italy. He is the proud father of three: two very active boys (Eliot, 15 and Emmitt, 12) and a brilliant daughter (Allie Jane, 6); and married to Jodi Mecham, who is a lecturer in the English Department at Southern Utah University.