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Irena Acic

Education

  • BA in Journalism, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade 2011
  • MA in Communication, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade 2013
  • MA in Communication, University of California, Davis 2020

About

Irena graduated with a BA in Journalism from Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She obtained her MA in Communication from the same institution and an MA in Communication from University of California, Davis. Prior to becoming a graduate student at UC Davis, Irena spent 5 years working as a journalist in Serbia.

Research Focus

Her current research interests include media effects, body image and sexual minorities.

Selected Publications

Acic, I., Stevens, H. R., Yu, X., & Taylor, L. D. (2021) How gay men discuss their bodies online. Communication Research Reports.
Online publication. doi:10.1080/08824096.2021.1976630

Stevens, H., Acic, I., & Rhea, S. (2021) Natural Language Processing Insight into LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Longitudinal Content Analysis of Anxiety-Provoking Topics and Trends in Emotion in LGBTeens Microcommunity Subreddit. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 7(8), doi:10.2196/29029

Stevens, H., Acic, I., & Taylor, L.D. (2021) Uncivil Reactions to Sexual Assault Online: Linguistic Features of News Reports Predict Discourse Incivility. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Online publication. http://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2021.0075

Taylor, L. D., & Acic. I. (2021) Sports Fans and Magical Thinking: How Supernatural Thinking Connects Fans to Teams – pending publication in the International Journal of Sport Communication

Taylor, L. D., & Acic, I. (2020) Magical Thinking and Fans of Fictional Texts. Psychology of Popular Media. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000279

Taylor, L. D., & Acic, I. (2020) Eating Habits. The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119011071.iemp0096

Teaching

Teaching Assistant: Interpersonal Communication Competence (CMN003), Introduction to Communication (CMN10V), Introduction to Mass Communication (CMN140)

Associate Instructor: Interpersonal Communication Competence (CMN003), Introduction to Mass Communication (CMN140)

 

Awards

Stevens, H., & Acic, I. (2020) Examining Rape Culture in Online Forums: The Effect of Editorial Slant on Discourse Incivility – Mass Communication Division Top Student Paper Award at the NCA 106th Annual Convention, November 2020

Acic, I., Stevens, H., & Yu, X. (2020) How Gay Men Discuss Their Bodies Online: A Content Analysis – Mass Communication Division Top Student Paper Award at the 70th annual ICA conference, May 2020