Dr. Rachelle Pavelko is in her sixth year as an Assistant Professor within Bradley University's Department of Communication. She teaches public relations, social media, and health communication courses. Her research interests focus on health communication and media effects, including communication about and perceptions of persons with mental illnesses that often fall victim to social biases. Pavelko has published in Journal of Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, and Health Communication, among others.
Prior to earning her doctorate from Indiana University's Media School, Pavelko received her M.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis. There, she worked in the advertising production office of the student-run newspaper and as a teaching assistant on campus, alongside a corporate communications internship. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Ohio Northern University where her focus was on news writing and graphic design. Pavelko was a cross country and track and field athlete while attending ONU.