Steve Thomsen

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Steven R. Thomsen is a professor and the graduate coordinator in the Communications department at Brigham Young University. He has received national acclaim for his research on media effects and eating disorders. He has been interviewed by the TV magazine 20/20 and cited in Time Magazine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and several international media outlets. In 2012 he was named the director of International Media at BYU.

Thomsen graduated from BYU in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He received his master's degree in journalism from Ball State University in 1984, and his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia in 1994.

Thomsen has worked as editor of corporate publications for Toyota USA and as a reporter for the Cincinnati Post. In the 2009-2010 school year some of Thomsen's students won the top paper award at the conference of the Western States Communication Association. This major accomplishment was marked by being published as the lead article in the Western Journal of Communication. Others of his papers have been published in academic journals, including the Journal of Drug Education, the Southwest Journal of Mass Communication, and more.

In 2017, Thomsen participated in Seeking spirituality in pop songs: BYU researchers identify criteria for ‘secular hymns’ and helped determine which pop songs can identify as hymns.


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