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Tillman Russell

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2015


Decision Making


My research focuses on the relationship between communication, cognition, and behavior. It explores how and why different persuasive message features facilitate decision making processes and outcomes. To accomplish this goal, my work draws from such diverse domains as the message effects literature, the science of heuristics, theories of bounded rationality, semantic network models, the philosophy of psychology, and rhetorical approaches to communication. Along with this emphasis on basic research, I work on specific applications in the health, political, and consumer contexts.


Russell, T., & Reimer, T. (2020). Attribute degree centrality and attribute tie strength as criteria of argument quality. Communication Monographs, 1-23.

Russell, T., & Reimer, T. (2018). Persuasion and semantic network structure: Testing message effects of attribute centrality on decision making under uncertainty. Southern Communication Journal, 1-14.

Russell, T. & Reimer, T. (2018). Using semantic networks to define the quality of arguments. Communication Theory, 28(1), 46-68.

Reimer T., Russell, T., & Roland, C. (2017). Groups and teams in organizations. In C. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Reimer, T. & Russell, T. (2017). Binomial effect size display. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Russell, T. & Reimer, T. (2016). Communication in workplace teams. In C.R. Berger & M.E. Roloff (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication. Wiley-Blackwell.

Reimer, T., Russell, T., & Roland, C. (2016). Decision making in medical teams. In E. Williams & T. Harrison, (Eds.), Organizations, Communication, and Health, (pp. 65-81). New York, NY: Routledge.

Clair, R.P., Wilhoit, E.D., Green, R.J., Palmer, C., Russell, T., Swope, S. (2015). Occlusion, confusion, and collusion in the conversation narrative: Religion exemplified in the life of ‘Poor Sarah’. The Journal of Communication and Religion, 38(4), (54-72).

Russell, T. & Reimer, T. (2015). Risk communication in groups. In H. Cho, T. Reimer, & K. A. McComas (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Risk Communication (pp. 272- 287). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.