Kimberly Daniels

Kimberly Daniels

Kimberly Daniels

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Media Effects, Health Communication, Body Image, Fat Talk, Negative Body Communication, Body Envy

Graduate Teaching Assistant / PhD Student

Current Research

Kimberly is currently involved in a few different projects. The first explores the effects of weight loss success stories shared via social media on negative body communication and self-esteem.  The second explores patient-provider communication effects on fat talk.  The third is a project to analyze the connections between media consumption and negative body communication.

Her latest research explores the influence of weight loss success stories on interpersonal interactions and health intentions.


Grants and Fellowships

  • Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Fall 2015 (Wayne State University)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Oral Communication - Basic Speech
  • Interpersonal and Group Interaction
  • Small Group Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication




  • Ph.D. - George Mason University (in progress)
  • M.A. - Central Michigan University
  • B.A.A. - Central Michigan University

Recent Presentations

Daniels, K. (2015). Avatar Customization in Virtual Worlds: Effect on Self-efficacy, Presence, and Task Completion. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association. Grand Rapids, MI.

Daniels, K. (2015). Avatar Customization in a Virtual Driving Environment. Paper presented at the Wayne State University Graduate and Postdoc Research Symposium, Detroit, MI.