Kiersten Brockman

PhD Student

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Kiersten Brockman joined the Communication and Film Department at the University of Memphis as a doctoral student in Fall of 2017. She has completed research in qualitative, quantitative, and rhetorical methods. Her academic passion is health communication with a special concentration in sexual and reproductive health communication topics. Previous research includes perceptions of risk in direct to consumer advertisements for birth control pills, persuasive techniques used in print birth control campaigns, and foundations for an mHealth sexual education phone application. Her dissertation uses phenomenological, in-depth interviews with mid-south adolescents to create a foundation for a more effective method of teaching sexual education courses. Other academic interests include instructional communication and communication pedagogy.

Kiersten is a member of both the National Communication Association (NCA) and Western States Communication Association (WSCA), as well as a previous member of Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). She also served as the Marketing and Outreach Chair for California State University, Sacramento's Communication Graduate Student Association as well as later founding and serving as President of the Communication Graduate Student Association at the University of Memphis.

Selected through a nomination process by the Department of Communication and Film, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and the University of Memphis Graduate School, in 2019 Kiersten received the Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Award which was presented to only two out of 250 nominations for outstanding graduate teaching assistants. Kiersten has also been selected as the 2020-2021 Department of Communication & Film Osborn Fellow, an honor earned by only one, fourth year PhD student for their dedication to teaching, exemplary research, and loyal service to the department. She was also selected from the student body as one of the recipients of the 2019-2020 President's Leadership Award for 20 Under 30 for campus and community service.

Her personal interests include yoga, nutrition, and live music.


Ph.D. (in progress) Health Communication, University of Memphis
M.A. Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento
B.A. Organizational Communication, California State University, Sacramento

Academic Conferences

Panel Participant

Candies, Bandages, and Balloons: Using Transformative Learning Theory to Inform Adolescent Sexual Education Lessons, Western States Communication Association Conference, 2020, Denver, CO

SEEing is Believing: A Needs Assessment and Theoretical Foundation for an Inclusive Sexual Education mHealth Application, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2019, Baltimore, MD

Presence, Portrayal, and Policy: Sexual Health and Education in Queer Porn Production Companies, Kiersten Brockman and Cameron Brown, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2019, Baltimore, MD

"Hey Ladies. Wishing on a Dandelion Can't Help Prevent Pregnancy.": A Content Analysis of the Persuasive Techniques in Print Birth Control Advertisements, Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2019

Risk Communication and Health Messages, Balloons, Bayer, and Blood Clots: [Mis]communication of Risk in Birth Control Messages, D.C. Health Communication Annual Conference 2017


Stitt, C., Brockman, K. (2019). Women's Beliefs Regarding the Importance of Information About Birth Health Provider Options. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 34(1), 15-20.

Goldsmith, J. V., Terui, S., Huang, J., Wittenberg, E., & Brockman, K. (2018). Hispanic and African American Oncology Family Caregivers and the Family Caregiver Communication Tool. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(1), 543-544.

Brockman, K. (2016). Balloons, Bayer, and Blood Clots: [Mis]communication of Risk in Birth Control Messages (Unpublished master's thesis). California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California.


Graduate Instructor

Instructor of Record, COMM 3012 Health Communication - Online, University of Memphis, August 2019 – Present

Instructor of Record, COMM 3012 Health Communication, University of Memphis, August 2018 - Present

Instructor of Record, COMM 2381 Oral Communication, University of Memphis, August 2017 - Present

Teaching Associate

Instructor of Record, COMS 4 Introduction to Public Speaking, California State University, Sacramento, January 2016 – May 2017

Graduate Assistant

In-Class Instructor, COMS 4 Introduction to Public Speaking - Hybrid, California State University, Sacramento, September 2015 – December 2015