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Communication & Media

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Flayhan, Donna

Ph.D. University of Iowa 1997
MA University of Iowa 1994

Associate Professor

Department: Communication & Media
Office: JFT 520
Phone: (845) 257-3511

Teaching Interests

Media Research Methods
Media Ethics
Writing for Mult-Media
Introduction to Public Relations
Advanced Public Relations

Research/Creative Activity

Public Health and Cultural Studies: Graduate studies began in 1990. Ph.D.from University of Iowa, worked on NIH funded multi-million dollarlongitudinal study on tobacco use and prevention, trained in public health work and public health campaigns--worked with medical school faculty, sociology faculty, and communication studies faculty in coordinated effort at interdisciplinary public health work on toxins and tobacco, public health information. In late 1990s, directed a grant funded inter-instutional project on low-level carbon monoxide awareness in Baltimore (medical education for medical professionals, sources and symptoms for general public). Also in late 1990s began work on Gulf War Syndrome public health campaign with peer-reviewed internationally publication for medical community along with public health awareness work on Gulf War Syndrome. Edgar Allan Poe and Carbon Monoxide Symptoms. CulturalStudies and Media Ecology 1990-Present.

Most interested nowadays in new communication technologies and social media transforming life on a global scale, and my work with those made sick by toxic exposures (such as 9/11, New Orleans, and the Gulf Wars).


RECENT BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS (Cultural Studies and Public Health)
“Early Medium Theory, or, Roots of Technological Determinism in NorthAmerican Communication Theory,” Ed Wachtel and Lance Strate, Editors,

The Legacy of McLuhan, Hampton Press, 2004 (pp. 235-244). (peer-reviewed article)

“Symptoms Described by Edgar Allan Poe in `The Fall of the House of Usher’,”
identified by Donna Flayhan, table 10.1, p. 235 in A. Donnay’s “Carbon Monoxide
as Unrecognized Cause of Neurasthenia: A History,” Carbon Monoxide Toxicity, David G. Penny, Ed., New York: CRC Press, 2000.


“Post 9/11 Health Crisis: Reactions of the Whole Organism, Delayed Reaction of the Culture” Invited Presentation, Institute for General Semantics, Lincoln Law Center, Fordham University Manhattan Campus, November 2008.

“Addressing the Health Crisis in the Toxic Wake of 9/11” Fordham University, Lincoln Law Center Manhattan Campus, April 2007.

“Social Justice Campaign Techniques in Public Health” Lecturer, Council of Europe’s All Different/All Equal Social Change Workshop, Warsaw, Poland. March, 2007.

The Toxic Clouds of 9/11; A Looming Health Disaster (2006). Partial funded provided to filmmaker by Donna Flayhan’s Lower Manhattan Public Health Project.

“This film is a must have in every public library” Library Journal Review, March 2007

9/11s Toxic Dust (September 10, 2007, A&E Network, Kurtis Productions). Dr. Flayhan is interviewed as Public Health Expert for her work on the Lower Manhattan Public Health Project, Gulf War Syndrome, Sick Building Syndrome, and Toxic synergistic acceleration of disease states.

“Media Frames and Medical Matters Post-9/11 New York” CUNY Journalism Graduate School, Invited Lecture to medical journalism students, Manhattan, November 2007.

“Disasters and Public Health Policy: New York & New Orleans” Sullivan County Community College 9/11 Anniversary Forum, New York, September 11, 2007.

“Don’t Panic, Don’t Tell: Disasters and Post-9/11 Public Health Policy in New York and New Orleans,” New York State Communication Association, Kerhonkson, October, 2007.

“Monopolies of Knowledge and Post-9/11 Public Health,” Monterrey Institute for Technology, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2007.

“Post-Traumatic Culture: Cell Phones and Death,” Monterrey Institute for Technology, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2007.

“No Need for Caution: Mammals at Play,” Monterrey Institute for Technology, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2007.

“The Toxic Aftermath of 9/11: An Emerging Health Crisis” SUNY New Paltz, June 2006

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

New York State Communication Association
Media Ecology Association
Mobile Technologies and Public Health
Communication Quarterly
Union of Concerned Scientists
Center for Health, Justice, and the Environment
Council of Europe