Photo of Dr. Holli SeitzHolli Seitz, MPH, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University (MSU) and Director of The Message Laboratory, a communication research laboratory at the MSU Social Science Research Center. As an applied communication researcher, Dr. Seitz’s primary research areas of interest are health and science communication, and she specializes in message effects research and survey-based experimentation. Current projects include research on accurately conveying breast cancer risks to women, improving communication between veterinarians and clients, improving public understanding of science, and minimizing the harmful effects of misinformation about vaccines. Prior to joining the faculty at Mississippi State University, Dr. Seitz worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on issues related to health communication, social media, and emergency response.

The Message Laboratory