Dillard has taught a diversity of media courses including Mass
Communication in Society, Advertising/IMC Principles, Creating
Advertising/IMC Messages, Graphic Communication, and Social Issues in
Advertising. Dillard received her PhD in communication from Purdue
University, an MA in media theory and research and her BA in
advertising/IMC from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Dillard's research interests hybridize both media and health
communication fields, with particular emphasis on visual
representations, race, and health inequities. Her research on issues of
race and media centers on the visual communication of African American
physical attractiveness in advertisements and the ways in which images
are internalized and negotiated in the lives of young African Americans.
Her health and media interests centralize health disparities that are
most prevalent among African Americans and analyze how health
information is represented in print and new media.
She is also currently the Project Coordinator for a $1.5 million
project, which develops community-specific resources to optimize the
reach, effectiveness, and access of cutting-edge medical treatment
options among underserved populations. This project is directed at
addressing the risks of heart disease faced by African American
communities in the two largest counties of Indiana.
Dillard has been a reviewer for Health Communication as well as the
National Communication Association (NCA) and International
Communication Association (ICA) in the mass communication and health
communication divisions. She is also an active member of ICA, NCA, and
the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Outside of academe she enjoys the beauty of nature, dancing, and playing flag football.
- “Abnormally Normal Uteri: Exploring the Social and Cultural Landscape of Fibroid Tumors among African American Women in the US”. Women's Reproductive Health. (in press)
- “The preventative power of "Pink": Delineating the effects of social identification and protection motivation theory in breast cancer related advertisements”. Health Marketing Quarterly, 35. (in press)
- “Culture-centered engagement with delivery of health services: Co-constructing meanings of health in the Tzu Chi Foundation through Buddhist philosophy”. Health Communication, 1-10. (2013)