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Renee  Edwards 


Master's Degree: Auburn University, Speech Communication
PhD: Florida State University, Communication Theory and Research
Phone: (225) 578-6821
Fax: (225) 578-4828
Office: 124 Coates Hall


Curriculum Vita

Area of Interest

  • Message Interpretation: Factors that influence the ways that individuals interpret messages, including message variables (e.g., equivocation, powerlessness) and individual-level variables (e.g., sex and gender, sense of humor).
  • Risk Communication: Risk and decision-making; cognitive processing of weather and climate information.

Notable Activities

  • Past President of the Southern States Communication Association
  • Past Book Review Editor for the Southern Communication Journal
  • Past member of the LSU Program Review Council.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008-2013   Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate Program Office, Climate Risk Mitigation Program. Co-Principal Investigator (with Shafer, M., Keim, B., et al.). Added as a Co-PI in 2010 ($39,292 additional funds for LSU). August 2008-July 2013. Total funding is $3,849,883

  • 2009    Hurricanes, Institutional Procedures, and Information Processing (HIPIP): Engagement with decision-makers and coastal residents. Funded by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Storms Program (CSP). Principal Investigator (with Grey, S. H., Brown, D. P., & Miller, A. L.). June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010. $97,790 with a $39,984 match from LSU.

Selected Publications

Edwards, R. (2011). Listening and message interpretation. International Journal of Listening, 25, 47-65.

Pecchioni, L. L., Edwards, R., & Grey, S. (2011). The effects of religiosity and religious affiliation on trauma and interpretations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Journal of Communication & Religion, 34, 37-58.

Allen, M. W., Edwards, R., Hayhoe,C., & Leach, L. J. (2010). College students’ imagined interactions with parents about spending and credit: The influence of attitudes toward money and family communication patterns. In J. Honeycutt (Ed.), Imagine that: Studies in imagined interaction (pp. 127-146). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.