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Dr. Melinda Weathers

Dr. Melinda Weathers

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2943
Office: 240 Stillwell Building
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Dr. Melinda R. Weathers is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Western Carolina University. Her scholarly research focuses on health communication, climate change communication, and new communication technologies. The various strands of her research program are concerned with a range of topics addressing issues related to messages within relational, institutional, societal, and health contexts. Specifically, she has explored communication-related issues between Hispanic caregivers and older adults, heterosexual dating partners, and in climate change and public health messaging. Ultimately, her research seeks to better understand how effective communication relates to the wellbeing of persons and society. She has published in journals such as <i>Howard Journal of Communications</i>, <i>Communication Quarterly</i>, <i>Journal of Women and Social Work</i>, <i>Communication Studies</i>, <i>Patient Education and Counseling, </i>and <i>Communication Education</i>. Her research has been recognized through top paper awards from the National Communication Association, Southern States 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 Speech Communication from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University.


  • Ph D, George Mason University
  • MA, University of Houston Main Campus
  • BA, Texas A&M University

Teaching Interests

Intercultural Communication<br>Interpersonal Communication<br>Health Communication<br>Communication Theory<br>Qualitative Research Methods

Research Interests

Health Communication<br>Climate Change Communication<br>Intercultural Communication<br>Gender and Women's Health Issues<br>New Communication Technologies

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