Jennifer Stevens Aubrey

About Jennifer Stevens Aubrey

Dr. Jennifer Stevens Aubrey (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004) joined the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2013. Her research focuses on the media's effects on emotional, mental, and physical health in young people, with an emphasis on issues related to sexuality and body image. Her current research projects examine the effects of sexual objectification in the media on emerging adults' self-consciousness about their bodies, the impact of sexually oriented media on emerging adults' beliefs about the “hookup culture”, and the impact of popular reality television programming on adolescents' attitudes and beliefs about teen pregnancy. Her research has been published in such top-tier journals as Communication Research, Media Psychology, and Journal of Communication.

The quality of her scholarship and teaching has been recognized by a number of awards and grants to support her research. In 2011, she was named an Emerging Scholar by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). In 2008, she was awarded the Gold Chalk Award by University of Missouri’s Graduate Professional Council in recognition of significant contribution to the education and training of graduate students. Additionally, she has been an invited speaker for the Medical Institute for Sexual Health and the SPARK Summit.

Selected Publications

Aubrey, J. S., Behm-Morawitz, E., & Kim, K. B. (in press). Understanding the effects of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on adolescent girls’ beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral intentions toward teen pregnancy. Journal of Health Communication.


Frisby, C., & Aubrey, J. S. (2012). Race and genre in the use of sexualization in female artists’ music videos. Howard Journal of Communications, 23, 66-87.


Aubrey, J. S., Hopper, M., & Mbure, W. (2011). Check that body!: The effects of sexually objectifying music videos on college men’s sexual beliefs. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 55, 360-379.


Aubrey, J. S., & Smith, S. E. (2011). Development and validation of the Endorsement of the Hookup Culture Index. Journal of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2011.637246


Hopper, K. M., & Aubrey, J. S. (2011). Examining the impact of celebrity gossip magazine coverage of pregnant celebrities on pregnant women’s body image. Communication Research. DOI: 10.1177/0093650211422062.


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.


Aubrey, J. S. (2006). Effects of sexually objectifying media on self-objectification and body surveillance in undergraduates: Results of two-year panel study. Journal of Communication, 56, 366-386.

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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