Education Background: 
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.A. University of Central Oklahoma
B.A. University of Central Oklahoma
Specialty Areas: 
Persuasive Communication
Resistance to Persuasion
Strategic Message Design
Social Change Campaigns/Social Marketing

Kimberly A. Parker, (Ph.D., 2004, University of Oklahoma) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Parker was also recently a Fulbright Scholar to Macedonia for a one-year appointment. She studies strategic communication, social marketing and social influence (persuasion and resistance). Her scholarship has appeared in numerous presentations (five top paper awards), book chapters, and journal publications, such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, and Health Communication, among other journals. In addition, Dr. Parker has over 20 years’ experience working with non-profits in the area of social change campaigns. Currently, she is working on a project for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to increase positive sentiment towards refugees and displaced individuals in Macedonia.

Recent Publications

  • Parker, K. A., Geegan, S., Ivanov, B., Slone, A., Silberman, W., Martin, J., Hester, E., Goatley-Soan, S., Anderson, A., Herrington, T., & Riker, S. (2020). Defending democracy: Inoculation’s efficacy in protecting First Amendment attitudes.” Communication Studies, 71, 22-39. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2019.1671889
  • Ivanov, B., Parker. K. A., & Dillingham, L. L. (2020). Applying inoculation to diverse communication contexts. In H. D. O’Hair and M. J. O’Hair (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Communication Research. Wiley. Invited Chapter. (8,000 words)
  • Parker, K. A., Geegan, S., & Ivanov, B. (2020). Social marketing: Applying strategies to social change campaigns. In H. D. O’Hair and M. J. O’Hair (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Communication Research. Wiley. Invited Chapter. (8,000 words)
  • Parker, K. A., Thieneman, A., & Ivanov, B. (2019). “If we don’t use today, we’ll stay sober today:” Inoculation-centered intervention strategy for relapse prevention. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 10(2), 53-69.
  • Ivanov, B., Parker. K. A., & Dillingham, L. L. (2018). Inoculation as a risk and health communication strategy in an evolving media environment. In H. D. O’Hair (Ed.), Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment (pp. 249-277). New York City, NY: Routledge. Invited Chapter.
  • Parker, K. A, Ivanov, B., Thieneman, A., Wombacher, K., Watterson, T., Burchett, M., & Adams, E. (2018). “I used to be an addict. I’m still an addict. I’m always going to be a recovering addict:” Understanding the Challenges Seeking Recovery. Journal of Substance Use, 24(2), 147-149. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2018.1523967
  • Ivanov, B., Dillingham, L. L., Parker, K. A., Rains, S. A., Burchett, M., & Geegan, S. (2018). Sustainable attitudes: Protecting tourism with inoculation messages. Annals of Tourism Research, 73, 26-34. doi:
  • Ivanov, B., Parker, K. A., & Dillingham, L. L. (2018). Testing the limits of inoculation-generated resistance. Western Journal of Communication, 85, 648-665. doi:


Return to Directory