Dr. Northup is an Assistant Professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in media writing, media effects, and research. Dr. Northup is also co-director of the Gulf Coast Food Project (http://www.uh.edu/gcfp/). He received his B.A. in anthropology from Wake Forest University, his M.A. in media studies from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the effects of mediated messages on audience members, paying particular attention to the unconscious mechanisms that drive attitudes and behaviors and how the media may help to influence those mechanisms. He has presented research at the annual meetings of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, and the National Communication Association. His work has been published in such journals as Media Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, and The Journal of Applied Research on Children, among others.
Dr. Northup brings many years of professional experience to his teaching based on his time working in the television industry in Los Angeles. Over the course of seven years, he worked on more than 180 episodes of prime time television, mostly as a writer. The experience of working in L.A. helps to inform his current research questions.
- Doctor Of Philosophy In Mass Communication University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Master Of Arts In Media Studies, Syracuse University
- Bachelor Of Arts In Anthropology, Wake Forest University
- Psychological Effects of the Media
- Implicit Attitudes and Memory
- Attitude Change
- The Role of Media Consumption on Nutritional Knowledge
- Media Effects
- Broadcast & Film Writing
- Documentary Filmmaking
- Research Methods
- Carpentier, F.D., Northup, T., & Parrott, M.S. (in press). Revisiting media priming effects of sexual depictions: Replication, extension, and consideration of sexual depiction strength. Media Psychology.
- Northup, T. (in press). Truth, lies, and packaging: How food marketing creates a false sense of health. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
- Northup, T., & Mulligan, N. (2013). Online advertisements and conceptual implicit memory: Advances in theory and methodology. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
- Northup, T., & Dillman Carpentier, F. (2013). Exploring priming effectiveness within news stories according to media modality and valence. The Electronic Journal of Communication.
- Northup, T. (2013). The role of image body size, race, and familiarity on subsequent evaluations of the self. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.
- Northup, T. (2013). Examining the relationship between media use and aggression, sexuality, and body image. Journal of Applied Research on Children.
- Northup, T. & Mulligan, N. (2013). Conceptual implicit memory in advertising research. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
- Northup, T. (2010). Is everyone a little bit racist? Exploring cultivation using implicit and explicit measures. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, 26, 29-41.
- Northup, T. & Liebler, C. M. (2010). The good, the bad, and the beautiful: Beauty ideals on the Disney and Nickelodeon channels. Journal of Children and Media, 4, 265-282.
- Chair of AEJMC’s Midwinter Conference for the Mass Communication and Society Division
- Participant of the Scripps Howard Leadership Academy held at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana StateUniversity
- Member of the Writers Guild of America