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Faculty and Staff Profile

Rikishi T. Rey

Assistant Professor


Office: Lehotsky 282B

Phone:

Email: rrey@clemson.edu
 

Educational Background

Ph.D. Sport and Health Communication
Chapman University 2022

M.A. Communication Studies
California State University, Fullerton 2019

B.A. Mass Communication
Minor English
California State University, Fullerton 2013

Courses Taught

Communication Theory
Social Media and Sport Communication
Survey of Sports Communication
Quantitative Research Methods
Effective Sport/Org Communication: Leading Teams and Individuals

Profile

Dr. Rikishi (Kishi) T. Rey is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. She joins Clemson University from Southern California where she completed her B.A. as a D1 student-athlete on scholarship, her M.A. focusing on sport communication, and her Ph.D. studying the intersection of health and sport communication. More specifically, Dr. Rey's research focuses on health-related issues within sport including injury reporting, concussion management, mental health and well-being, and coach-athlete communication.

Dr. Rey has assisted on projects grant-funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health. Her service positions include: Director of Social Media for the Eastern Communication Association (2020-Current), Secretary of the Communication & Sport Division of the National Communication Association (2022-Present), Interest Group Planner - Undergraduate Poster Session for the Eastern Communication Association (2022-Current), and editorial board member for Communication Research Reports (2022-Current) and Communication Quarterly (2022-Current). She also serves as a reviewer and chair for the Communication & Sport Division of the National Communication Association (2021-Current). Campus service includes being a mentor for the First Generation Mentoring Program (2021-2022; Chapman University) and the Peer Mentorship Program (2018-2019; CSUF).

Her four-year hiatus from academia allowed Dr. Rey to pursue her passion for photography as she became a professional wedding and event photographer, shooting 60+ events a year. Alongside her professional careers, she also coached two competitive youth soccer teams at the Elite Clubs National Level (ECNL) in Southern California for 6 years. Her position included coaching, mentoring, and preparation for college recruitment.
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Advisees
Clemson University

Chapman University
Jeffrey McDaniel (22') - Northwestern University - Master of Arts in Sports Administration program
Cristina Monila (22') - 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - "Assessing Latinx Young Adults with ADHD: Late Diagnosis and its Affects."

Research Publications

Rey, R. T., Cranmer, G. A., Browning, B., Sanderson, J. (2022). Sport Knowledge: The Effects of Division I Coach Communication on Student-Athlete Learning Indicators. International Journal of Sport Communication. https://doi.oeg/10.1123/ijsc.2021-0062

Leader, A., Miller-Day, M., Rey, R. T., Selvan, P., Pezalla, A., Hecht, M. L. (2022). The impact of HPV vaccine narratives on social media: Testing narrative engagement theory with a diverse sample of young adults. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101920

Cranmer, G. A., Rey, R. T., Tallapragada, M. (2021). Exploring the Role of Parents’ Sport Orientations in the Efficacy of Concussion Intervention Materials. Communication Research Reports. https://doi.org/10.1080/08824096.2021.1936480

Rey, R. T., Johnson, Z. D. (2021). “Detrimental to the team dynamic": Exploring college student-athlete dissent. Communication and Sport. https://doi.org/10.1177/21674795211001938
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Book Chapter

Cranmer, G. A., Rey, R. T., & Mikkilineni, S. (2022). Coach-athlete communication and implications for health. In J. Sanders & M. Weathers (Eds.), Health Communication and Sport: Connections, Applications, and Opportunities.

Honors and Awards

Jake Liang Outstanding Ph.D. Student of the Year (2022)
Jennifer H. Waldeck Graduate Teaching Associate of the Year (2021)
Michelle Miller-Day Outstanding Graduate Researcher of the Year (2020)
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Top Paper Awards

Rey, R. T., Pezalla, A. (2022). Refusing to misuse opioid prescriptions: Exploring the recovery process of athletic injuries and athletes’ decisions towards pain medication. Paper was presented as the top paper at the at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Buckley, T. M., Rey, R. T., Lounsbury, L., Guzaitis, M. C., Vance, O., Weber, K. (2021). An application of psychological reactance theory and gain and loss framing. Paper was presented as the top paper to Applied Communication Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Rey, R. T., Ball, H., Buckley, T. M., Wozniak, T., & Craw, E. S. (2021). College athletes’ responses to recovery plan messages: An application of psychological reactance theory. Paper was presented as a top three paper at the Health Communication Division at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Cambridge, MA.

Rey, R. T., Miller-Day, M., Craw, E. S., Buckley, T. M., Wozniak, T. R., & Hopfer, S. (2021). Engagement with and persuasiveness of HPV vaccination promotion videos: An examination of narrative engagement theory. Paper was presented as the top paper at the at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Cambridge, MA.
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Grants

Grant Equity Scholar Recipient 2018-2019 California State University, Fullerton
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Athletic Awards

California State University, Fullerton Women’s Soccer Team – Fall 2009 - Fall 2013
Big West Academic All-Conference – 2011 & 2013
Big West Tournament Champion – 2013
NCAA Tournament Participant – 2013


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