Institute for Communication and Information Research

The Institute for Communication and Information Research at The University of Alabama

The Institute for Communication and Information Research (ICIR) is a premier communication research facility located within the College of Communication and Information Sciences, on The University of Alabama’s campus, in Reese Phifer Hall. Contact:

Mission Statement: The Institute for Communication and Information Research, an entity of the Office for the Associate Dean for Research, at The University of Alabama maximizes the research efforts of the faculty in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Vision Statement: To be regarded as the premier entity for communication and information research; responsible for supporting and improving the quality of research conducted by faculty and students; committed to stimulating research activity within the college; dedicated to serving, coordinating, assessing, and delivering on the research needs of the C&IS community and beyond.

C&IS Strategic Priorities

  • Continue to enhance the research culture within C&IS
  • Create a culture of research collaboration
  • Serve as a research incubator for C&IS faculty and interdisciplinary UA research
  • Provide in-house research resources in-house for C&IS faculty (and beyond)
  • Develop entrepreneurially focused researchers, and research opportunities, and activities
  • Educate the public (i.e., the UA community and surrounding community) about the benefit of communication and information research


The Institute for Communication & Information Research offers research and creative services to companies and organizations of all sizes.  From data collection and analysis to logo design and facility rentals, ICIR connects organizations and individuals with top communication and information professionals at The University of Alabama. Contact the ICIR today to learn more about our contract services.

Research Design Consultation


IRB Protocol Assistance


Participant Pool



Dr. Kim Bissell

Dr. Kim Bissell was appointed Director of the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2011. Additionally, she serves as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Dr. Bissell has had the title of the Southern Progress Corporation Endowed Professor in Magazine Journalism since 2008. She joined the UA faculty in 2000, and has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters, most of which are related to the social effects of media.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Anneliese Bolland, LMSW, CHES®

Dr. Anneliese Bolland, LMSW, CHES® joined the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2018 and joined the faculty of Communication Studies in 2020. Her research is primarily focused on risk and protective factors related to growing up in growing up in communities characterized by poverty and is the current Principal Investigator of the Mobile Youth and Poverty Study. She is also an evaluator and has experience evaluating a variety of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Anneliese Bolland
Mobile Youth and Poverty Study

Program Assistant

Jackie Hayes

Jackie Hayes joined the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2019 as a program assistant working both in the ICIR and Office for Graduate Studies.

Graduate Assistant

Tyana Ellis

Tyana Ellis is a third-year doctoral candidate studying Health Communication. As a military brat, Tyana was born in Japan and has lived all around the world but she now claims North Carolina as her home state. Tyana decided to pursue a PhD after falling in love with teaching college students and conducting research on health disparities amongst vulnerable populations. In August, Tyana will be starting a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Richmond. When she’s not teaching or researching, she enjoys playing her ukulele or guitar, hiking, and shopping at Target. Visit her website here.

Graduate Assistant

Emily Dirks

Emily Dirks is a first-year doctoral student. She is originally from a very small town in New Mexico and received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Tech University. She went into her undergraduate degree trying to finish as quickly as possible but fell in love with research somewhere along the way. She loved it so much she decided to continue her education and pursue a career in the research field. Her research interests include social issues in sports and their portrayal in media with a specific interest in gender and race equity in sports media. She hopes to work in the sports media industry after completing her doctorate. When not working she loves a good sports or pop culture conversation.

Graduate Assistant

Suyu Chou

Suyu Chou is a doctoral student at The University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences. She works in the Health Communication and Biometrics Lab, the Alabama Reddit Research Group (ARRG) and the Public Opinion Lab (POL). Her research interests lie in the intersection of public anxiety on social media, risk perception and crisis management. Visit her website here.


C&IS and the Institute for Communication and Information Research are home to several research labs, observation rooms and collaboration spaces. These facilities allow our faculty, staff and students to conduct communication research in a variety of settings. For more information about our research facilities, click here.

Revise & Resubmit Podcast

Revise & Resubmit is a podcast produced by Dr. Kim Bissell and hosted by Drs. Kim Bissell & Anneliese Bolland. Listen to Revise & Resubmit to learn about research within C&IS as well as by C&IS alumni.