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Matthew Savage

Assistant Professor


Office: 246 Grehan

Phone: 859-257-7801

Email: MatthewSavage [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/savage

Education
Ph.D. - Arizona State University; M.A. & B.A. - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Specialties
Health/Interpersonal Communication, Health Campaigns, Persuasion/Social Influence, Quantitative Methods/Analysis

Bio
Matthew W. Savage (Ph.D., 2012, Arizona State University) is an assistant professor of health communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky who is passionate about teaching and research. His research interests focus on the intersection of health, interpersonal, and mass communication. Dr. Savage’s scholarship is conducted within the context of creating and supporting health communication campaigns aimed to deter negative and risky behaviors among adolescents and young adults. To that end, Dr. Savage’s research is centered on team science and community approaches, relying on strong partnerships with educational institutions, government organizations, and non-profits. Currently, he is working on various projects that address adolescent bullying/cyberbullying, oral health promotion, and reciprocal violence. His research has been translated to clinical practice via funding mechanisms supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission and internal grants at the college and university level. When it comes to teaching, Matthew enjoys integrating new technology into his courses and using discussion-based formats as a catalyst for cognitive and affective learning. His teaching philosophy focuses on participatory engagement, the importance of establishing the relevance of course material to real-world experiences, and challenging students to exceed their expectations. He is recognized with prestigious university teaching awards at the University of Kentucky, the University of Hawaii, and Arizona State University.

Awards
eLearning Innovation Initiative 2014-2015; Distance Learning Course Development Grant 2014-2015; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Teaching Award 2014; Summer Faculty Research Fellowship 2013

Curriculum Vitae


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Courses Taught

An introduction to the methods of philosophy of scientific research into the origins, nature, and effects of communication processes. Provides skills necessary for designing research projects and for interpreting and critically evaluating research results.
Research and study of special topics in communication. The student proposes the specific study to be undertaken and formally contracts with a faculty supervisor for guidance and evaluation. Ordinarily, projects will require the production of written materials as a basis for the evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
This course examines the relationship between the organization of modern society and its communication media with special emphasis on cultural processes and social change. The social-psychological bases of communication are studied within a context of theory and research.
Examines theory and research relevant to the role of interpersonal communication in managing mental and physical health. Topics related to interaction in health contexts include: communicating identity in health and illness, health and personal relationships, health care provider/ patient communication, medical decision-making, and interpersonal health education and prevention efforts.
To provide advanced students with an opportunity for independent work to be conducted in regular consultation with the instructor.
A course in the methods and design of communication studies.
The role of communication in public health campaigns. Includes theories relevant to such campaigns, campaign effects studies, methods of evaluation, and message design and targeting principles.
This course helps students explore, understand, and appreciate the patient-provider relationship through an examination and analysis of selected health communication case studies and related materials. It is also designed to improve communication skills with and among physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
This course focuses on the role of the mass media in contemporary public health campaigns. Most class sessions focus on the application of theory and research to the design of these campaigns. Earlier studies examining the role of the mass media in health campaigns indicated that the mass media played a small and rather insignificant role in changing health behaviors. However, more recent studies indicate that careful targeting combined with formative research often yield successful behavior change.

Refereed Journal Publications

Savage, M. W., Strom, R., Hubbard, A. E., & Aune, K. (In Press). Understanding the communication of commitment for students at institutions of higher learning. Manuscript forthcoming in Journal of College Student Retention.

Savage, M. W., & Tokunaga, R. S. (In Press). Moving toward a theory: Testing a predictive model of aggression, communication skills, Internet self-efficacy and cyberbullying. Manuscript forthcoming in Computers in Human Behavior.

Savage, M. W., Scarduzio, J., Carlyle, K., Harris, K., & Sheff, S. (In Press). A mixed-method study of intimate partner violence: How sex and severity impact perceptions of perpetrator prior involvement, abnormality, and responsibility. Manuscript forthcoming in Violence and Victims.

Savage, M. W., Deiss, D. M., Roberto, A. J., & Aboujaoude, E. (In Press). Theory based formative research of an anti-cyberbullying victimization intervention message. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Communication.

Savage, M. W., Menegatos, L., & Roberto, A. J. (In Press). Friends don’t let friends hook up drunk unless… examining gender and intoxication influences on college students’ interpersonal protective behaviors. Manuscript provisionally accepted in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Savage, M. W., Scarduzio, J., Harris, K., Carlyle, K., & Sheff, S. (In Press). Female perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: A pilot study of perceptions of responsibility and punishment preferences. Manuscript forthcoming in Health Communication.

Record, R. A., Harrington, N. G., Helme, D., & Savage, M. W. (In Press). Disseminating campaign strategies: A case study of theory-based messages aimed at increasing compliance with a tobacco-free policy. Manuscript forthcoming in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Record, R. A., Helme, D., Savage, M. W., & Harrington, N. G. (In Press). Let’s clear the air: A campaign that effectively increased compliance with a University’s tobacco-free policy. Manuscript forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Scarduzio, J. A., Carlyle, K. E., Harris, K. L., & Savage, M. W. (2016). “Maybe she was provoked”: Exploring gender stereotypes about male and female perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women. Online First. doi: 10.1177/1077801216636240

Hess, A., Menegatos, L., & Savage, M. W. (2015). Discipline and regret: A mixed-method, feminist Foucauldian analysis of the sexual double standard. Women’s Studies in Communication, 38(4), 462-485.

Aboujaoude, E., Savage, M. W., Starcevic, V.D, & Salame, W. O. (2015). Cyberbullying: Review of an old problem gone viral. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 10-18.

Savage, M. W., Scott, A., Aalboe, J. A., Stein, P., & Mullins, R. (2015). Perceptions of oral health in Appalachian Kentucky: Implications for message design. Health Communication, 30(2), 186-195.

Carlyle, K. E., Orr, C., Savage, M. W., & Babin, E. A. (2014). News coverage of intimate partner violence: Impact on prosocial responses. Media Psychology, 17(4), 451-471.

Roberto, A. J., Eden, J., Savage, M. W., Ramos-Salazar, L., & Deiss, D. M. (2014). Outcome evaluation results of school-based cybersafety promotion and cyberbullying prevention intervention for middle school students. Health Communication, 29(10), 1029-1042.

Roberto, A. J., Eden, J., Savage, M. W., Ramos-Salazar, L., & Deiss, D. M. (2014). Prevalence and predictors of cyberbullying behavior in high school seniors. Communication Quarterly, 62(1), 97- 114.

Strom, R. E., & Savage, M. W. (2014). Assessing the relationships between perceived support from close others, goal commitment, and persistence decisions at the college level. Journal of College Student Development, 55(6), 531-547.

Stein, P., Aalboe, J. A., Savage, M. W., & Scott, A. (2014) Evidence-based strategies for communicating with older adult dental patients. Journal of the American Dental Association, 145(2), 159-164.

Harris, K. L., Palazzolo, K. E., & Savage, M. W. (2012). Im not sexist, but...: How ideological dilemmas reinforce sexism in talk about intimate partner violence. Discourse and Society, 23(6), 643-656.

Book Chapters

Savage, M. W. (In Press). Split-half reliability. In M. Allen (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. New York: Sage.

Savage, M. W., Jones, S. & Tokunaga, R. S. (2015). Cyberbullying and mental health. In E. Aboujoaude & V. Starcevic (Eds.), Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise. Oxford University Press.

Helme, D., Savage, M. W., & Record, R. (2014). Health communication campaigns and interventions. In N. G. Harrington (Ed.), Exploring Health Communication from Multiple Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Cupp, P., Savage, M. W., Atwood, K., & Abadi, M. (2014). Risky health behaviors among adolescents and young adults. In N. G. Harrington (Ed.), Exploring Health Communication from Multiple Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Ramirez, A., Palazzolo, K. E., Savage, M. W., & Deiss, D. (2010). Developing a message-based approach to understanding cyberbullying. In R. Taiwao (Ed.), Handbook of research in discourse behavior and digital communication: Language structures and social interaction. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Conference Presentations

Savage, M. W., Scarduzio, J, Carlyle, K., Harris, K., Richardson, E., & Pullia, A. (2016, November). A mixed-method study of intimate partner violence: How sex and severity impact perceptions of perpetrator prior involvement, abnormality, and responsibility. Manuscript to be presented at the 102nd annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA

Savage, M. W., Scott, A., Dennis, H., Zelaya, C., Nawaz, A., Aalboe, J. A., Mullins, R., & Stein, P. (2016, November). Toward a socio-contextual model of oral health disparities in Appalachian Kentucky. Manuscript to be presented at the 102nd annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Savage, M. W., Sheff, S., Richardson, E., Pullia, A., Carlyle, K., Scarduzio, J, & Harris, K. (2016, June). Examining news stories of intimate partner violence: An experimental examination of perpetrator sex and violence severity. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.

Jones, S., & Savage, M. W. (2016, May). Examining cyberbullying bystander behavior using a multiple goals perspective. Manuscript presented at the 12th annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Record, R. A., Helme, D., Harrington, N. G., & Savage, M. W. (2015, November). Let’s Clear the Air: A campaign that effectively increased compliance with a university’s tobacco-free policy. Manuscript presented at the 101st annual conference of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Record, R. A., Helme, D., Harrington, N. G., & Savage, M. W. (2015, May). Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to design messages aimed at increasing compliance with a tobacco-free policy. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Carlyle, K. E., Orr, C., Savage, M. W., & Babin, E. A. (2014, November). News coverage of intimate partner violence: Impact on prosocial responses. Manuscript to be presented at the 100th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Savage, M. W., Reno, J., Jones, S., & Veil, S. (2014, November). Targeting the Stop.Think.Connect. cybersecurity campaign to university campuses. Manuscript to be presented at the 100th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Record, R. A., & Savage, M. W. (2014, November). Developing a measure of compliance to university tobacco-free policies. Manuscript to be presented at the 100th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Savage, M. W., Aalboe, J., Scott, A. M., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (2014, April). Misconceptions about Oral Health in Appalachian Kentucky: Implications for Message Design. Keynote presented at the preconference of the 10th annual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Scott, A. M., Savage, M. W., Aalboe, J., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (2014, March). Perceptions of oral health among students at Morehead State University: Findings from a focus group investigation. Poster presented at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Savage, M. W., Scott, A. M., Aalboe, J., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (2014, March). Baseline oral health survey of Morehead State University Undergraduates. Poster presented at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Hess, A., Menegatos, L., & Savage, M. W. (2013, November). A mixed method analysis of how college students communicate about risk regarding drunken sexual encounters. Manuscript presented at the 99th annual National Communication Association Convention, Washington DC.

Savage, M. W., & Byrd, D. (2013, April). Integrating social media into instructional settings. Review of research and live demonstration presented at the 19th annual New Directions in Health Professions Education and Kentucky Practice-Based Research Networks Collaborative Conference, Lexington, KY.

Roberto, A. J., Savage, M. W., & Eden, J. (2012, November). The role of communication theory and research in understanding and preventing cyberbullying victimization and perpetration. Manuscript presented at the 98th annual National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

Deiss, D. M., Savage, M. W., & Tokunaga, R. S. (2012, May). Antecedents and outcomes associated with deviant online behavior: Testing a model of cyberbullying perpetration. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Deiss, D. M., Savage, M. W., Eden, J., Ramos-Salazar, L., & Roberto, A. J. (2012, February). Outcome evaluation results of school-based cybersafety promotion and cyberbullying prevention intervention for middle school parents. Manuscript presented at the 83rd annual Western States Communication Association Convention, Santa Fe, New Mexico. [Recognized as one of the Top 4 Papers in the WSCA Interpersonal Communication Division]

Harris, K. L., Palazzolo, K. E., Scarduzio, J. A., & Savage, M. W. (2011, November). ÒIÕm not sexist, but . . .Ó: How ideological dilemmas reinforce sexism in talk about intimate partner violence. Manuscript presented at the 97th annual National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Menegatos, L., & Savage, M. W., & Roberto, A. J. (2011, November). Friends donÕt let friends hook up drunk unless... examining gender and intoxication influences on college studentsÕ interpersonal protective behaviors. Manuscript presented at the 97th annual National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Roberto, A. J., Savage, M. W., Ramos-Salazar, L., Deiss, D. M., Eden, J. (2011, November). Outcome evaluation results of school-based cybersafety promotion and cyberbullying prevention intervention for middle school students. Manuscript presented at the 97th annual National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Strom, R. E., & Savage, M. W. (2011, November). Expectation versus reality: How college freshman communicate in and out of the classroom. Manuscript presented at the 97th annual National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Menegatos, L., & Savage, M. W. (2011, March). Who tries to stop Jane from hooking up drunk? The influence of gender, alcohol consumption, and social norms in college studentsÕ use of interpersonal protective behaviors with female friends. Manuscript presented at the 82nd annual Western States Communication Association Convention, Monterey, CA. [Recognized as the Top Student Paper in the WSCA Health Communication Division]

Deiss, D. M., & Savage, M. W. (2010, November). Bridging the gap in the study of cyberbullying: Placing the study of cyberbullying within the dark side of interpersonal communication research. Manuscript presented at the 96th annual National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Roberto, A. J., Eden, J., Savage, M. W., Deiss, D. M., & Salazar, L. R. (2010, November). Prevalence and predictors of cyberbullying behavior in high school seniors. Manuscript presented at the 96th annual National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. [Recognized as one of the Top 4 Papers in the NCA Applied Communication Division]

Savage, M. W. (2010, November). Understanding the communication of commitment for students at institutions of higher learning. Poster presented at the 96th annual National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Savage, M. W., & Deiss, D. M. (2010, November). Sticks and stones might break my bones, but typed words will really hurt me: Testing a cyberbullying victimization intervention. Manuscript presented at the 96th annual National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. [Recognized as the Top Student Paper and as one of the Top 4 Papers in the NCA Health Communication Division]

Scarduzio, J. A, Harris, K. L., Savage, M. W., & Palazzolo, K. E., (2010, November). Reading between the lines: Examining perceptions of female aggressors in news stories about intimate partner violence. Manuscript presented at the 96th annual National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Palazzolo, K. E., Savage, M. W., Scarduzio, J., & Harris, K. (2010, April). Female perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: A pilot study of perceptions of responsibility and punishment preferences. Poster presented at the 11th biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Strom, R. E., & Savage, M. W. (2010, March). Assessing the relationships between goal commitment, supportive communication, and studentsÕ expectations to persist in college. Manuscript presented at the 81st annual Western States Communication Association Convention, Anchorage, AK.

Montoya, Y., & Savage, M. W. (2010, January). Implicating the organization: Applying an organizational emotional scholarship lens to the study of retention in higher education. Manuscript presented at the Northern Arizona University Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.

Savage, M. W., Cerelejia, S., & Dudley, M. (2008, November). Top 8: Assessing the implications of romantic commitment within ranking in the context of MySpace. Manuscript presented at the 94th annual National Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA.

Savage, M. W. (2007, November). The effects of self-construal and perceptions of power distance on communication apprehension and argumentativeness. Manuscript presented at the 93rd annual National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Technical Reports

Strom, R. E., & Savage, M. W. (2008, May). Investigating the longitudinal relationship between different types of commitment, social integration, and persistence on the UHM campus: Three data collections (Tech. Rep. No. 3). Honolulu, HI: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, University of Hawaii at Manoa Undergraduate Experience and Engagement Committee.

Strom, R. E., & Savage, M. W. (2007, December). Investigating the relationship between different types of commitment, social integration, and persistence on the UHM campus (Tech. Rep. No. 2). Honolulu, HI: , University of Hawaii at Manoa Undergraduate Experience and Engagement Committee.

Strom, R. E., & Savage, M. W. (2007, August). Investigating the relationship between different types of commitment, social integration, and persistence on the UHM campus (Tech. Rep. No. 1). Honolulu, HI: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, University of Hawaii at Manoa Undergraduate Experience and Engagement Committee.

Uwono-Koike, D., Savage, M. W., & Iwata, C. (2005, January). Alcohol and drug prevention at UHM: Education, enforcement, and alternative programs. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii at Manoa, ChancellorÕs Office.