Quantitative Research Methods, Organizational Communication, Health Communication
Ph.D. Communication, University of Oklahoma
M.A. Communication Studies, Texas State University
Office Location: Centennial Hall 205
Office Phone: 512-245-2150
About Dr. Villagran
Dr. Melinda Villagran is back in the Department of Communication Studies! She is teaching courses in organizational communication, health communication, and quantitative research methods. A faculty member at Texas State from 2001-2004, Dr. Villagran went on to teach at The UT Health Science Center, and George Mason University. At George Mason she served as Director of Military Programs in Communication and was a Research Associate at the Center for Health and Risk Communication. She has received several grants for award-winning research that has focused on strategic communication related to health and organizational communication, with a special emphasis on how clinical interactions can positively impact quality of life for patients and their families.
Dr. Villagran has authored two books, and has served as a guest editor for national and international journals, won several top paper awards, and has served as a reviewer and editorial board member for regional, national and international communication-related associations and journals. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Policy, and Patient Education and Counseling. She has been quoted as a communication expert in numerous regional and national media outlets, most recently appearing in stories in the Washington Post, Washington Examiner, AARP Magazine (bilingual edition), ABC News, and Wisconsin Law Review. She recently served as a subject-matter expert at a Capital Hill briefing and documentary film on women's health communication issues.
As the proud spouse of an active duty military officer, Dr. Villagran has a long history of working on behalf of military families. She has served on the President's Spouse Advisory Council in Washington D.C., and conducts research on health issues faced by service members and their families.
Sample of Courses Taught
COMM 3319 Introduction to Organizational Communication
Examines contemporary research about the influence of communication on the organization. Prepares the student to understand and manage communication processes in organizations.
COMM 3301 Communication Research Methods & Theory
An analysis of communication as a behavioral science with emphasis on quantitative research. Focuses on the student as a consumer of communication research. Explores the interdisciplinary nature of human communication as well as the resulting theory and principles.
COMM 4326 Health Communication
This recently approved communication studies course introduces the conceptual foundation of health care communication. The course will assist students with the examination of communication skills to analyze different health contexts and provide instruction for health care communication for increasingly diverse populations. The coursework covers industry concerns such as a lack of health care professionals trained in communication studies, a need for effective problem solving among collaborating health professionals, and the means to increase patient and provider well-being through effective communication skills.
COMM 5301 Empirical Methods in Communication Research
An examination of empirical research methods in communication studies. Measurement procedures, statistics, experimental design, and descriptive research methods will be investigated as well as a consideration of scholarly writing and library research.