Brittany Shivers

PhD Student, Journalism

Brittany Shivers’ research focuses on the psychological processing of disinformation and conspiracy theories, as well as the societal implications of information disorder exacerbated by social media. She is also interested in researching the growing threat of disinformation spread through artificial intelligence technologies. Brittany conducts research as a part of the Digital Media and Cognition (DMAC) Lab team and the Crisis Insights and Analytics (CIA) Lab team. 

Brittany is a recipient of the Doctoral Fellow Award issued by the University of Georgia Graduate School (2023), The Gordon R. Watson Award for Excellence in Mass Communication as chosen by The University of West Georgia (UWG) faculty in 2021, and the Excellence Award in Convergence Journalism also chosen by UWG faculty in 2021.  

Prior to attending Grady, Brittany served as the Editor-in-Chief of UWG’s newspaper, The West Georgian, and connected with the campus and local community to report on important local issues. In 2019, Shivers completed an internship serving as a local reporter for The Newnan Times-Herald, and shortly after did some freelance work for the Times-Georgian. In 2022 while completing her master’s degree at Grady, Brittany worked at The Red & Black as the Senior Editor of Special Publications.  

Brittany enjoys coaching youth volleyball and coming home to her cat, Maisel. 

A link to Brittany’s LinkedIn page is available here.  


M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia 

B.S., Mass Communications, University of West Georgia 


Lee, JH, Shivers, B. N.*, & Karinshak, E.M. (2022, August). How Authentic Your Workplaces Are?: CEO Statement Narratives on Crisis Leadership, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. 

Seo, Y., Zhao, W., Choi, S. I., Shivers, B. N.*, Karinshak, E. M., & Jin, Y. (2022, March). How Emotional Appeals in Health Promotion Messages and User-generated Comments Impact COVID-19 Vaccination Intention: The Mediating Role of Psychological Reactance. Paper presented at the 2022 International Public Relations Research Conference. Orlando, FL.