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Dr. Claude Miller

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Position: Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Education: Ph.D., Arizona, 2000


Phone: 405-325-0861

Office: Burton Hall Room 125B
Office Hours:  R 1:00-2:00 and after 5:30 by appt.  

Spring Courses 2020

Academic Interests

Dr. Miller's work investigates human affective responses to influences messages in various contexts by applying emotion, motivation, and social influence theories, particularly to mass mediated message designs targeting adolescent, elderly, and minority populations. Principle research areas include the effects of psychological reactance and the restoration of freedom on the inoculation process, and on health promotion and risk prevention messages; the effects of regulatory focus and subliminally induced mortality salience on social influence processes; and the application of vested interest theory to crisis and disaster-related communication. 

Professor Miller's work appears in Communication Monographs, Disasters, Health Communication, Human Communication Research, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Cognition, The Electronic Journal of Communication, The Global Studies Journal, and The Journal of Communication, as well as in book chapters on communication and terrorism, psychological reactance and social influence, terror management theory and communication, and on the use of multimedia tools to test health promotion and prevention messages. He is a past chair of the Communication and Social Cognition Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), is a recipient of the 2016 Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor Award from the OU College of Arts & Sciences, and NCA’s 2001 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Representative Publications

Ma, H., Miller, C. H., & Wong, N. (in press). Don't let the tornado get you!: The effects of agency assignment and self-construal on responses to tornado preparedness messages. Health Communication.

Miller, C. H., & Massey, Z. B. (in press). Terror management theory perspectives on interpersonal and social influence. In H. D. O’Hair & M. J. O’Hair (Eds.), Handbook of applied communication research. NY: Wiley

Miller, C. H., Massey, Z. B., & Ma, H. (in press). Psychological reactance and persuasive message design. In H. D. O’Hair & M. J. O’Hair (Eds.), Handbook of applied communication research. NY: Wiley

Miller, C. H., Dunbar, N. E., Jensen, M. L., Massey, Z., Lee, Y-. H., Nicholls, S. B., Anderson, C., Adams, A. S., Elizondo Cecena, F. J., Thompson, W., & Wilson, S. N. (2019). Training law enforcement officers to identify reliable deception cues with an interactive digital game. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 9, (3), 1-23.

Miller, C. H., & Massey, Z. B. (2019). Meaning-making, communication, and terror management processes. In C. Routledge & M. Vess (Eds.), Handbook of terror management. San Diego: Elsevier.

Dunbar, N. E., Miller, C., Lee, Y-. H., Jensen, M. L., Anderson, C., Adams, A. S., Elizondo Cecena, F. J., Thompson, W., Massey, Z., Nicholls, S. B., Ralston, R., Donovan, J., Mathews, E., Roper, B., & Wilson, S. (2018). Reliable deception cues training in an interactive video game. Computers in Human Behavior, 85, 74-85.

Massey, Z. & Miller, C. H. (2018). Case studies on interethnic conflict: A theoretical integration. International Journal of International Relations.

Bessarabova, E., & Miller, C. H., Russell, J. (2017). A further exploration of the effects of restoration postscripts on reactance, Western Journal of Communication, 81, 385-403.

Miller, C. H., & Cortes Quantip, R. J. (2017). Anger in health and risk messaging. In R. Perrott (Ed.) Encyclopedia of health and risk message design and processing, New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 117-128).

Miller, C. H., (2016). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 99-106.

Miller, C. H., (2016). Sensation seeking scales for adolescents and emerging adults. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 213-222.

Miller, C. H., & Adame, B.J. (2016). Scales for measuring the dimensions of vested interest. In D. K. Kim & J. Dearing (Eds.) Health Communication Measures. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 265-278

Mason, A.M. & Miller, C.H. (2016). The ability of inoculation to confer resistance to potentially deceptive health-nutrition related advertising claims. Health Education Journal. 75(2), 144–157

Miller, C. H., (2015). Persuasion and psychological reactance: The effects of explicit, high-controlling language. In R. Shulze & H. Pishwa (Eds), The exercise of power in communication: Devices, reception and reaction. London: Palgrave McMillan. pp 269-286.

Adame, B.J. & Miller, C.H. (2015) Vested interest & disaster preparedness: Strategic campaign message design. Health Communication, 30, 271–281.

Averbeck, J.M., & Miller, C. H. (2014). Expanding language expectancy theory: The suasory effects of lexical complexity and syntactic complexity on effective message design. Communication Studies, 65, 72-95.

Dunbar, N., Miller, C., Adame, B., Elizondo, J., Wilson, S., Lane, B., Kauffman, A., Bessarabova, E., Jensen, M., Straub, S., Lee, Y-H., Burgoon, J., Valacich, J., Jenkins, J., & Zhang, J. (2014). Implicit and explicit training in the mitigation of cognitive bias through the use of a serious game. Computers in Human Behaviors, 37, 307-318.

Miller, C. H., Ivanov, B, Compton, J., Averbeck, J. Robertson, K.J., Sims, J.D., Parker, K. A., & Parker, J.L. (2013). Boosting the potency of resistance: Combining the motivational forces of inoculation and psychological reactance. Human Communication Research, 39, 127-155.

Miller, C. H., Adame, B. J., & Moore, S. D. (2013). The role of vested interest in disaster preparedness. Disasters, 37, 1-27.

Miller, C. H., & Averbeck, J.M., (2013). Hedonic relevance and outcome relevant involvement. Electronic Journal of Communication, 23 (3), Retrieved January 27, 2014, from the CIOS Website,