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Russell Clayton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(850) 645-9600
UCC 3136
Russell Clayton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University. He is also the Director of the Cognition and Emotion Lab (CEL) and is an Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity. His research interests area in cognitive and emotional processing of media, health communication, and media psychology. His research has been published in a wide-range of peer reviewed journals including Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; Communication Monographs; Journal of Health Communication; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; Health Communication; Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising; and Computers in Human Behavior, among others. He has won research awards from both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and American Academy of Advertising (AAA). His research has been widely disseminated in the popular press including Good Morning America, Today Show, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, TIME, NBC, CBS, CNN, Yahoo!, among others. ** If you are a current or prospective student and are interested in learning more about research or working in a media psychology research lab, please feel free to email Dr. Clayton anytime.


  • Ph.D. 2015; University of Missouri, Journalism
  • M.A. 2012; Texas State University, Health Psychology
  • B.S. 2010; Texas State University, Psychology

Research Interests

Media Psychology; Cognitive and Emotional Processing of Health Campaign Messages; Psychophysiology; Experimental Research Methods

Teaching Interests

Mass Communication Theory and Effects; Research Methods; Health Communication; Psychology of Advertising