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Media, Communications and Journalism

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Tamyra Pierce Ph.D.


(559) 278-2632
Office: Speech Arts 140H


Ph.D., Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., Communication, Missouri State University
B.S., Electronic Media, Missouri State University

Teaching Areas

Research methods, publication design, internships.

Research Interests

Media Effects: social media, cyber-bullying, cell phones and texting, videogame violence, and school shootings.

Select Publications

Pierce, T. A. (2009). "Social anxiety and technology: Face-to-face communication versus computer mediated communication among teens." Computers in Human Behavior, 25(6), 1367-1372.

Pierce, T. A. and Vaca, R. (2008). "Distracted: Academic performance differences between teen users and non-users of MySpace and other communication technology." Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 6(3), 67-71.

Pierce, T. A. (2007). "X-Posed on MySpace: A content analysis of MySpace social networking sites." Journal of Media Psychology, 12 (1). Online publication available at:

Pierce, T. A. & Miller, T. (2007). "What editors want from new journalists: Converging skills or old school standards?" In the process of being published in Newspaper Research Journal, 28 (4), 51-61.

Pierce, T. A. (2006). "Talking to strangers on MySpace : Teens’ use of social networking sites." Journal of Media Psychology, 11 (3). Online publication available at:

Miller, T. & Pierce, T. A. (2006, Summer). "Hire calling". APME News.

Pierce, T. A. (2005). "Violence in the news: Attachment styles as moderators of priming effects." Journal of Media Psychology, 10, (1). Online publication available at:

Kramer, M., Dougherty, D., & Pierce, T. A. (2004). "Managing uncertainty during a corporate acquisition: A longitudinal study of communication during an airline acquisition." Human Communication Research, 30, 71-101.

Pierce, T., & Dougherty, D. S. (2002). "The discursive construction of power during an acquisition:  The case of TWA and Ozark airlines." Management Communication Quarterly, 16(2), 129-164.