Kelly Adams received her B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University and M.A. in Communication from Illinois State University. She studies both interpersonal and mediated communication. Her research is centered around parasocial relationships, media effects, and the role of media use in romantic relationships. She has worked on several research projects that received grant funding; one project focused on media literacy and received the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (IDE) grant, while the other focused on the relationship between the perception of celebrity couple conflict and everyday relationship conflict. The latter project received the Verser Award in the Department of Communication.
Kelly currently teaches COMM 3490 (Media Effects Theory) and COMM 1200 (Public Speaking). She also has experience as a teaching assistant for COMM 3050 (Communication Theory and Writing Intensive Course).
Kelly has presented her research at several psychology and communication conferences including the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Central States Communication Association (CSCA), National Communication Association (NCA), and International Communication Association (ICA). She presented on the top paper panel in Sports Communication at ICA in Washington, DC in 2019 with two of her colleagues, a paper for which she and her coauthors received an award. She currently serves as a graduate research associate with the Media & Diversity Center.
Kelly also has experience managing and creating content for social media for the Department of Communication. She served as a graduate student tutor with MU's Writing Center. She volunteered as a social media content creator for Relevate, creating infographics and various other content engaging the public in scholarship about all aspects of interpersonal relationships. Last, she recently engaged in research as a regional coordinator with MU's Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security on their grant funded food insecurity research project.