James H. Watt, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Communication (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research is focused on computer-mediated communication (CMC) and serious games, in a health communication context as well as other applications. I am on the National Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation HealthGames Research program, and I collaborate with researchers at other institutions on development of usable technologies to facilitate secure on-line communication by the blind, and in another project to test techniques of visual avatar and agent construction that preserve anonymity while improving mediated communication via next-generation mobile devices. Currently, I am writing a research methods textbook that uses a game metaphor with interactive hypermedia and statistical software to teach research design and statistical applications to students in the behavioral and social sciences. I recently received a U.S. patent for “Asynchronous Network Audio/Visual Collaboration System,” which permits geographically and temporally distributed video discussions, teaching, and research. A version of this technology is being used by a major television network to test program pilots with focus groups and research participants who are geographically distributed over the entire U.S.


Ph.D. Mass Communication Research, University of Wisconsin, 1973
M.S. Journalism, Ohio University, 1969
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Ohio University, 1966

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