Sushma Kumble is a doctoral candidate whose research interests are broadly situated in the areas of strategic communications and psychology. Specifically, she is interested in studying the interactions of message features and positive emotions, and their impact on attitudes (both implicit and explicit) and behavior in health and prosocial behavior contexts. She teaches an undergraduate research methods course in communications and was also a teaching assistant for a large introductory media effects course.
Kumble earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, psychology and english from Bangalore University, India, and her first master’s in media production from the University of Central England, Birmingham. She earned her second master’s in psychology from Chatham University, Pittsburgh. She worked as a research assistant at the Health and Human Performance Lab, Carnegie Mellon University.
She brings with her a range of diverse international experiences. Prior to moving to the United States, Kumble worked for a PR agency (Weber Shandwick in Dubai) and was also part of a start-up advertising agency. She has also been a part of various short documentary films in various capacities and has interned at various media organizations in India and England during her undergraduate and graduate years. In her free time she likes to cook, travel and photograph landscapes and wildlife.