Location: Sichel 105J
- PhD Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
- MA Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
- BA The University of Tulsa, 2003
- Online Course Development and Teaching Certificate, Eastern Kentucky University, 2017
- Digital Literacy Program (DLP) Intermediate, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2018
Veronica Hefner is a quantitative media scholar with an emphasis in interpersonal communication. She is the immediate past secretary of the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association and currently serves as a Nominations Officer for the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She has worked as a consultant for the Entertainment Industry Council, which works to bring awareness and understanding to the mental and substance abuse issues portrayed in entertainment media. Dr. Hefner has also served as the advisor for the Lambda Pi Etastudent honor society at two of her previous academic institutions.
As a teacher-scholar, Veronica Hefner explores the uses and effects of traditional and digital media within the contexts of interpersonal relationships and body image. She has investigated the intersection between media consumption and related interpersonal and health effects with a number of studies, including: romantic comedy viewing and endorsement of romantic ideals, the use of digital and online media and the propensity to compulsively exercise or engage in disordered eating, and online dating and reports of romantic beliefs. She has also used a number of small grants to explore these topics, including: the effect of gay-related social media content on beliefs and behaviors among online users, and the effects of viewing romantic comedies on beliefs, mood, and satisfaction.
Hefner, V., & Kretz, V. E. (2021). Does the glass slipper fit? Disney princess films and relationship beliefs and attitudes. Journal of Media Psychology, 33(3), 125–133. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864- 1105/a000290
Hefner, V. (2019). Does love conquer all? An experiment testing the association between types of romantic comedy content and reports of romantic beliefs and life satisfaction. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(4), 376-384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000201
Hefner, V., Firchau, R. J., Norton, K., & Shevel, G. (in press, 2017). Happily ever after? A content analysis of romantic ideals Disney princess films. Communication Studies.
Hefner, V. (2017). Variables, mediating types. In Mike Ellen (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483381411.n665
Hefner, V. (2017). Variables, moderating types. In Mike Ellen (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483381411.n666
Hefner, V., Levy, A., Au, J. Naude, F., Nitzkowski, Z, Chang, K., Firchau, R., & Mirman, M. (2016). From the Lighthouse to the Campfire: The connection between sharing information online and sharing resources offline. Journal of Social Media in Society, 5(3), 187-213. Retrieve from http://thejsms.org/index.php/TSMRI/article/view/136
Hefner, V., Dorros, S. M., Jourdain, N., Liu, C., Tortomasi, A., Greene, M.P., Brandom, C., Ellet, M., & Bowles, N. (2016). Mobile exercising and tweeting the pounds away: The use of digital applications and microblogging and their association with disordered eating and compulsive exercise. Cogent Social Sciences, 2, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/23311886.2016.1176304
Hefner, V., Galaviz, T., Morse, V., Firachu, R.C., Basile, C., Todd, R., Naude, F., & Nitzkowski-Bautista, Z. (2015). Refusing to tolerate intolerance: An experiment testing the link between exposure to gay-related content and resulting attitudes and behaviors. Sexuality & Culture, 19, 864-881. doi:10.1007/s12119-015-9297-y
Hefner, V. (2015). Tuning into fantasy: Motivations to view wedding television and associated romantic beliefs. Psychology of Popular Media Culture 4(3), 1-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000079
Hefner, V., & Kahn, J. (2014). An experiment investigating the links among online dating profile attractiveness, ideal endorsement, and romantic media. Computers in Human Behavior, 37, 9-17. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.04.022
Hefner, V., Woodward, K., Bevan, J. L., Figge, L., Santora, N., & Baloc, S. (2014). The Influence of television and film viewing on midlife women's body image, disordered eating, and food choice. Media Psychology, 17, 1-23.
Hefner, V., & Wilson, B. J. (2013). From love at first sight to soul mate: The influence of romantic ideals in popular films on young people’s beliefs about relationships. Communication Monographs, 80 (2), 150-175. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2013.776697
At Saint Mary's, Dr. Hefner currently teaches Introduction to Human Communication, Quantitative Methods, Capstone, and several courses in the M.A. Communication program.
***Top Paper, Communication and Future Division***
Hefner, V., Dorros, S. M., Jourdain, N., Liu, C., Tortomasi, A., Greene, M.P., Brandom, C., Ellet, M., & Bowles, N. (2016). Mobile exercising and tweeting the pounds away: The use of digital applications and microblogging and their association with disordered eating and compulsive exercise. National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.