Virginia McDermott

Virginia McDermott
Virginia McDermott
Dean and Professor of Strategic Communication
  • BA – The College of New Jersey
  • MA – Texas State University
  • PhD – The University of Illinois

Virginia M. McDermott is a Professor and the Dean of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health communication, research methods, and persuasion and media effects. Her research examines how problematic events change the nature of relationships and conversations, how communication facilitates coping, and how communication campaigns can be used to address health disparities and social inequities.


For the past few years, she and her graduate students have addressed various health risk issues, including teen pregnancy and prescription drug abuse, by using community-based approached to campaign development. Her recent publications include an article in Communication Theory and The Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. She has extensive experience in organizational training and specializes in seminars on how to develop a positive organizational environment.


Oh, and she loves Bruce Springsteen, Diet Pepsi, and dogs—not necessarily in that order. She also always has candy in her office. So, if you want to see pictures of really cute dogs or get a piece of candy, stop by her office.