Affiliate Researcher

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Clemson University


Dr. Melinda R. Weathers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University. Her scholarly interests include health communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, new communication technologies/social media, gender communication, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Weathers’ research has encompassed a range of topics addressing issues related to interpersonal and intercultural messages within relational, institutional, societal, and health contexts. Specifically, she has explored communication-related issues between doctors and patients, caregivers and older adults, and in heterosexual dating relationships. Ultimately, her research seeks to better understand how effective communication relates to the mental and physical health and wellbeing of persons and society. She has published in journals such asPatient Education and Counseling, Journal of Participatory Medicine, and Communication Education. Her research has been recognized through top paper awards from the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association.


Dr. Weathers received her Ph.D. in Health Communication from George Mason University, a master’s degree in Health Communication from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University.

Selected Publications:

Weathers, M. R. (under review). Newspaper coverage of global warming and climate change (GWCC) as a public health issue. Applied Environmental Education and Communication.

Weathers, M. R., Maibach, E., & Nisbet, M. (in press). Conveying the human implications of climate change: Using theory and audience research to inform communication efforts by public health professionals. In D. Kyun, G. Kreps, & A. Singhal (Eds.), Health communication strategies in the 21stcentury. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing Group.

Weathers, M. R., & Castle Bell, G. (in press). Assessing health disparities through communication competence, social support, and coping among Hispanic lay caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. In G. Kreps & M. Dutta, Reducing health disparities: Communication intervention. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Coles, A., Eosco, G., Norton, T., Ruiz, J., Tate, E., & Weathers, M. R. (2011). Mapping local knowledge of hazards to inform research, practice, and policy in the Americas. Gestion y Ambiente, 14, 45-58.

Kreps, G. L. Villagran, M. M., Zhao, X., McHorney, C., Ledford, C., Weathers, M. R., & Keefe, B. (2011). Developing and validating motivational message interventions for improving prescription drug adherence with consumers confronting chronic diseases. In R. Batra, P. Anand Keller, & V. J. Strecher. (Eds.). Leveraging consumer psychology for effective health communications: The obesity challenge. New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

Kreps, G. L. Villagran, M. M., Zhao, X., McHorney, C., Ledford, C., Weathers, M. R., & Keefe, B. (2011). Development and validation of motivational messages to improve prescription medication adherence for patients with chronic health problems. Patient Education and Counseling, 83(3), 375-381.

Weathers M. R., Query J. L., & Kreps G. L. (December 5, 2010). A multivariate test of communication competence, social support, and coping among Hispanic lay caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease: an extension of the relational health communication competence model. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 2(e14).

Ledford, C., Villagran, M. M., Kreps, G. L., Zhao, X., McHorney, C., Weathers, M. R., & Keefe, B. (2010). “Practicing medicine”: Patient perceptions of physician communication and the process of prescription.Patient Education and Counseling, 80(3), 384-392.

Akerloff, K., DeBono, R., Berry, P., Leiserowitz, A., Roser-Renouf, C., Clarke, K., Rogaeva, A., Nisbet, M. C., Weathers, M. R., & Maibach, E. W. (2010). Public perceptions of climate change as a human health risk: Surveys of the United States, Canada and Malta. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7(6), 2559-2606.

Villagran, M. M., Weathers, M. R., Keefe, B., & Sparks, L. (2010). Medical providers as global warming and climate change (GWCC) health educators: A health literacy approach. Communication Education, 59(3), 312-327.

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