Ph.D. , School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., Syracuse University
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
Rebecca Ortiz graduated with her doctoral degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. She completed the Psychological Processes Track for the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication. While at UNC, she managed and/or consulted on a number of health communication campaigns and projects with such organizations as the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Her research is focused in the areas of health communication, social marketing, entertainment media effects, and representations of sexuality in the media. Her work is particularly focused on adolescent and young adult populations and sexual health issues.
Rebecca’s professional background is in advertising, marketing, and journalism, having worked for a community newspaper, a large advertising agency, and a mid-size direct marketing firm. She now works as an assistant professor in the department of advertising in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.