Megan M. Miller

millerAdvisor: Dr. Laura A. Brannon

Description of Research

My primary research interests focus on investigating the mechanisms that influence attitude and behavior change in regards to health and safety behaviors. More specifically, I like to study the influence that internal versus social factors have on an individual’s decision to engage in a health behavior, and then compare the effectiveness of persuasive messages tailored to these factors. My research has focused on behaviors and topics including responsible alcohol consumption among college students, diet, exercise, and cell phone use while driving. Expanding my research to focus on behavior change in the context of other social issues such as environmental sustainability and prosocial behavior also is of interest to me.

Representative Publications

Conner, A. E., Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (in press). A test of the automaticity assumption of compliance tactics: Discouraging undergraduate binge drinking by appealing to consistency and reciprocity. Communication Quarterly.

Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (in press). Influencing college student drinking intentions with social norms and self-schema matched messages: Differences between low and high self-monitors. Health Marketing Quarterly.

Gopalan, N., Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (2013). Motivating adult children to provide support to a family caregiver. Stress and Health, 29, 345-348.

York, V. K, Brannon, L. A., & Miller, M. M. (2012). Marketing responsible drinking behavior: Comparing the effectiveness of responsible drinking messages tailored to three possible ‘personality’ conceptualizations. Health Marketing Quarterly, 29, 49-65.

York, V. K., Brannon, L. A., & Miller, M. M. (2012). Increasing the effectiveness of messages promoting responsible undergraduate drinking: Tailoring to personality and matching to context. Health Communication, 27, 302-309.

Miller, M. M., & James, L. E. (2009). Is the generic pronoun he still comprehended as excluding women? American Journal of Psychology, 122, 483-496.

Representative Presentations

Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (May 2013). Associations between Big Five traits and reasons for engaging in health-related behaviors. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Wallpe, K., Nettelhorst, S., Besse, R., Miller, M. M., Jeter, W., Schnabelrauch, C., & Brannon, L. A., (May 2013). Perceptions of online dating as a function of personality. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (January 2013). Self ratings of factors influencing health-related behaviors. Poster presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Attitudes preconference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (January 2013). Argument-based factors influence low self-monitors' attitudes toward performing health behaviors. Poster presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Gopalan, N., Miller, M. M., Brannon, L. A. (May, 2012). Tailoring to attachment style to encourage support for family caregivers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.  

Conner, A. E., Brannon, L. A., & Miller, M. M. (May, 2012). A test of the automaticity assumption of compliance tactics: Using commitment and reciprocity to increase responsible drinking message processing. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Miller, M. M., & Brannon, L. A. (January, 2012). Self-monitoring and Health Behavior Variability. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.  

York, V. K., Brannon, L. A., & Miller, M. M. (August, 2011). Comparing the effectiveness of responsible drinking messages tailored to three possible "personality conceptualizations." Poster presented at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, Atlanta, GA.

York, V. K., Brannon, L. A., & Miller, M. M. (May, 2011).  Tailoring to personality and context in responsible drinking messages. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Miller, M. M., James, L. E., Fogler, K., & Tauber, S. (April, 2007). The effect of generic masculine pronouns on thought and the exclusion of women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Education

M.S. - Psychology - Kansas State University, 2009

            Thesis - Examining Self-Monitoring as a Moderator of the
            Effectiveness of Social Norms and Self-Schema Matched
            Messages for Reducing Binge Drinking among College
            Students

B.A. - Psychology – University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2007

            Honors Thesis - The Effect of Generic Masculine
            Pronouns on Thought and the Exclusion of Women

E-mail: mmmiller@ksu.edu