Dr. Matt McGlone (Ph.D., Princeton University) is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Health Communication and Center for Identity. He studies social influence, persuasion, and deception, with an emphasis on the key role language plays in these processes. He has two main research programs. One explores the strategic arousal of fear to promote healthy behavior. In particular, he is interested in the persuasive advantage of messages that describe health threats as actors (e.g. Influenza kills thousands of people every year) over others that describe humans as actors (e.g., Thousands of people die from influenza every year). A second program investigates the communication processes involved in identity theft. Dr. McGlone and his students conduct research with UT’s Center for Identity examining the deception tactics used by identity thieves and developing best practices for educating consumers and businesses about protecting themselves from this growing criminal threat. He teaches courses on persuasion, deception, and identity management in interpersonal communication.
Dr. McGlone has published numerous articles in communication (Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication), psychology (JEP: General, JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Memory and Cognition, Psychological Science) and discourse studies (Discourse Processes, Poetics, Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Communication, Metaphor and Symbol). He has edited two books (The Interplay of Truth and Deception, Routledge, with Mark Knapp; Work Pressures, Routledge, with Dawna Ballard) and is revising a textbook (Lying and Deception in Human Interaction, Kendall Hunt; with Mark Knapp, Darrin Griffin, and Billy Earnest). He has received grants for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, IDWise - Texas, and Cancer Prevention Research in Texas (CPRIT). He has receive awards from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Communication Association, the Western States Communication Association, and ID360. He is the 2015-2016 Chair of NCA’s Communication and Social Cognition Division.