Dr. Trevor Bell
Dr. Trevor Bell joins the Department of Journalism & Public Relations after receiving his Ph.D. in mass communication, with an emphasis in health communication, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Bell’s teaching focuses on public relations, with a primarily emphasis on how organizations can adapt to an ever-changing media environment by adopting new strategies and learning from past practices. Dr. Bell’s research is based around health communication, with a particular interest in using communication to improve the management of children, adolescents, and young adults with type 1 diabetes and their parents’ attitudes toward the disease.
During his time at UNC, Dr. Bell’s dissertation looked at how narrative messages affect adolescents’ beliefs in their abilities to manage type 1 diabetes. His dissertation involved formative research through message development and in-depth interviews, and an online experiment comparing the narrative messages against materials used by a children’s hospital. Additionally, his work has been published notably journals such as Health Communication and Communication Methods & Measures, and he’s had multiple presentation opportunities at esteemed communication conferences such as the International Communication Association Annual Conference and the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication. Dr. Bell’s research experience also serves as a catalyst for his teaching.
Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Bell worked as the communications manager for the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. In this role, Dr. Bell was responsible for all public relations activities, which included press releases, media relations, donor relations, and copy writing and editing, as well as working alongside the rest of the marketing department to achieve the college’s strategic goals.
Dr. Bell earned both his master’s degree in mass communication and his bachelor’s degree in public relations from the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.