Lesa Stern, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Studies
(805) 565-6138

Office Location

Deane Hall 107A

Office Available

*On Sabbatical -F19


Interpersonal Communication, Health Communication, Research Methods

Research Interests
  • Interpersonal Relationships (including issues related to gossip)
  • Advertising Hyperbole
  • Assessment in Higher Education 

Dr. Stern graduated from UCLA and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in communication from the University of Arizona. She joined the Westmont faculty in 2007 after teaching for 13 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her areas of expertise and research include interpersonal communication and the uses of images in advertising. Her study of hyperbole in advertising indicated that it catches our attention but doesn’t make us think more highly of a product. She has also published work on worship, the portrayal of sexual activity in adolescent literature, and one of the first scholarly studies of Facebook.