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Sydney Dillard

Sydney 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 (AEJMC).

Outside of academe she enjoys the beauty of nature, dancing, and playing flag football.​

Selected Publications
  • “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)