Edward L. and Thelma Gaylord Chair in Journalism
- Rutgers University (B.A.)
- University of South Carolina (M.M.C.)
- Stanford University (Ph.D.)
Leshner’s research interests are in cognitive and emotional processing of media and health communication. He has produced more than 150 articles, book chapters, and conference papers, and has published in top journals such as Communication Research, Media Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Health Communication. Leshner has won research paper awards from both AEJMC and ICA, and directed a dissertation of the year presented jointly by ICA and NCA. He comes to the Gaylord College after serving more than 20 years on the faculty of the Missouri School of Journalism where he co-directed the PRIME Lab. He directs a media psychology research laboratory in OU's Center for Applied Research. Leshner currently serves on six journal editorial boards. He received his Ph.D. From Stanford University, his M.M.C. from the University of South Carolina, and his B.A. from Rutgers University.
Check out his research lab at OU PRIME Lab: https://ou-primelab.oucreate.com/lab/