Graduate Student

Aubrie Adams (Brie) is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Communication. Her research focuses on the intersection of Interpersonal Communication and New Media. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Sonoma State University and later worked in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota. She earned her M.A. in Communication Studies at Sacramento State University.  Brie’s thesis work examined student perceptions of teacher credibility and liking when teachers utilize emoticons.


Her dissertation examines the development and assessment of a digital learning game, VERITAS, that is currently being designed to teach law enforcement officers deception detection skills.  This project seeks to solve a practical communication problem: teaching officers how to be more consciously aware of their cognitive biases when making credibility judgements. In overview of her scholarship and accomplishments, her research has been featured on 4 separate top-paper panels at national and regional communication conferences; she has published 9 distinct manuscripts ranging from journal articles to book chapters, 17 conference papers, and 2 edited book volumes.


Selected Awards


Excellence in Teaching Award | Graduate Student Association, 2016

Outstanding Grad Student Service Award | Department of Comm, 2015

Grad Slam Research Competition Top 10  | Graduate Division, 2014

Academic Research Consortium Funding | Sally Casanova Scholar, 2013

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship | Office of the Chancellor, 2012