Jennifer Stevens Aubrey

About Jennifer Stevens Aubrey

Dr. Jennifer Stevens Aubrey (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004) teaches classes on media, mass communication theory, and child and adolescent development in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on gender and child/adolescent development, her research focuses on media effects on emotional, mental, and physical health in young people. Topically, her research tends to centers on issues related to sexuality and body image. Her research has been published in such top-tier journals as Health Communication, Media Psychology, and Journal of Communication.

Research Interests

  • Media Processing and Effects
  • Health Communication
  • Entertainment Education
  • Gender and Media
  • Child and Adolescent Development

Selected Publications

Behm-Morawitz, E., Aubrey, J. S., Pennell, H., & Kim, K. (forthcoming). Examining the effects of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on adolescent girls’ sexual health: The implications of media affinity, pregnancy risk factors, and health literacy on message effectiveness. Health Communication.

Ward, L. M., & Aubrey, J. S. (2017). Watching gender: How stereotypes in movies and on TV impact kids’ development. San Francisco, CA: Common Sense Media. Available:

Speno, A. G., & Aubrey, J. S. (2017, ONLINE FIRST). Sexualization and age compression: A content analysis of adultification and youthification of girls and women in magazines. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.  DOI: 10.1177/1077699017728918

Aubrey, J. S., & Hahn, R. (2016). Health versus appearance versus body competence: A content analysis investigating frames of health advice in women’s health magazines. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 496-503. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1103328

Aubrey, J. S., & Gerding, A. (2015). The cognitive tax of self-objectification: Examining sexually objectifying music videos and college women’s cognitive processing of subsequent advertising. Journal of Media Psychology, 27(1), 22-32. DOI: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000128

Aubrey, J. S., Behm-Morawitz, E., & Kim, K. B. (2014). Understanding the effects of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on adolescent girls’ beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral intentions toward teen pregnancy. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 1145-1160. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2013.872721

Aubrey, J. S. (2010). Looking good versus feeling good: An investigation of media frames of health advice and their effects on women’s body-related self-perceptions. Sex Roles, 63, 50-63.

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Contact Information

Jennifer Stevens Aubrey
Associate Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-7077
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: 219
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences