Clayton Named AEJMC Emerging Scholar

Dr. Clayton Head ShotDr. Russell Clayton is an Assistant Professor and Founding Director of the Cognition and Emotion Lab (CEL) in the School of Communication. He has recently been named an Emerging Scholar by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). As one of only four Emerging Scholars selected, he will be recognized and presented the award at the AEJMC annual conference in San Francisco in August 2020.

Dr. Clayton’s research focuses on examining how people cognitively and emotionally process mass media messages using psychophysiological, behavioral, self-report, and memory measures. He has received top paper awards and research fellowships from AEJMC, the American Academy of Advertising (AAA), and the International Communication Association (ICA). He has published his research in the leading academic journals in the discipline, which have received international and national attention in the popular press including Good Morning America, TIME, CBS, Yahoo!, Wall Street Journal, among several others.

“To be recognized by AEJMC as an emerging scholar is humbling and an honor,” Dr. Clayton said. “I credit this recognition to the faculty in the School of Communication at FSU, as well as collaborators at other universities, who have nurtured and facilitated my research program. I also recognize and thank the many students who have, and currently are, working in my research lab.”

In addition to his research achievements, Dr. Clayton has also been recognized for his teaching including having received the FSU Undergraduate Teaching Award and the FSU Transformation Through Teaching Award.

AEJMC’s Emerging Scholars program aims to find and encourage promising scholars. This program also pairs recipients with a mentor to assist them with their research program. Visit for more information about Dr. Clayton’s work with the FSU Cognition and Emotion Lab.