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Heather Matthys, M.A.

Heather Matthys, M.A.
Fall 2018 Cohort
SCHN 417

Heather Matthys (M.A., SUNY Brockport) specializes in family communication. Her research interests focus on experiences of transitionary life events in families. Additionally, she is interested in memorable messages, resilience, and child-caregiver relationships. Her current projects center on the experiences of adult-children of caregivers with invisible chronic illnesses as well as stigmas associated with sexual safety and breastfeeding. 

Heather has won top graduate student awards from the Ohio Communication Association for two of her solo authored pieces, the Judy C. Pearson Graduate Award for outstanding research in family communication, and the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor awarded by her peers. She has also served as Graduate Student Representative for the Ohio Communication Association, and serves as a reviewer for New Media and Society and the Eastern Communication Association. She was a social media content creator leading up to the Central States Communication Association’s 2021 virtual convention.                    

Heather has taught classes including Public Speaking, Techniques of Group Discussion, Communication in Interpersonal Relationships, and Communication and New Technology. She also ran the Communication Resource Center at Ohio University, which serviced over 400 public speaking students during the Fall 2019 semester. She then transitioned the traditionally in-person service to a completely virtual format due to COVID-19. 

Heather’s personal interests include playing board games with family and friends, gardening, and baking.