Tianna L. Cobb

Tianna L. Cobb

Tianna L. Cobb

Postdoctoral R & T Fellow

Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Mental Health, Gender and Race, Black Studies

Dr. Tianna L. Cobb is a Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Communication with joint appointments with African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Cobb received her B.S. in Sport Management and Coaching from the University of Texas at Austin; her M.A. in Communication from Texas State University; and her Ph.D. in Organizational and Health Communication from the University of Oklahoma.

Current Research

Dr. Tianna Cobb's research focuses on the normalization of prioritizing mental wellness within the Black community. As an applied communication scholar, her research is situated in health activism at the praxis of dismantling systems of oppression, exposing health disparities, and highlighting marginalized voices and experiences. Specifically, Dr. Cobb's research examines the ways Black women leaders enact agency in promoting mental wellness. As a second line of research, she analyzes the role of listening in decreasing the maternal mortality rate amongst Black women.

Selected Publications

Cobb, T. L. (forthcoming). Black mental health: We are our own solution. In C. Molloy & L. Melonçon (Eds.). Mental health rhetoric research: Toward strategic interventions. (book under contract with Routledge)

Cobb, T. L. (forthcoming). What? That’s not my story: Reimaging Frameworks. In J. Austin, M. Orbe, & J. Sims (Eds.). Communication Theory: Racially Diverse and Inclusive Perspectives. (book under contract with Cognella)

Cobb, T. L., Austin, J., & Williams, G. (2021). Are you listening? Overcoming barriers in difficult conversations on social justice. Communication Teacher, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/17404622.2021.1930084

Austin, J., Cobb, T. L., (2021). Red table talk: Discussion on social marginality. Communication Teacher.

Courses Taught

COMM 305: Foundations of Intercultural Communication

WMST 330: Feminist Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Race


Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2021 - Health and Organizational Communication

M.A., Texas State University, 2017 - Communication Studies                                      

B.S., University of Texas, 2015 - Sport Management and Coaching  

Recent Presentations

Cobb, T. L., Myers, B. W., Dunn, T. R., Niess, L. C., Pyatovskaya, E., Hill, M. H. W. “No need to wear masks. We’re family! Right?...”: Merging autoethnography with communication theory to transform family communication in times of uncertainty. Panel Presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, Seattle, Washington. November, 2021.

Riddick, B., Cobb, T. L., Mhonde, R. D., Alleyne, K. “They won’t listen to me, anyway”: Analyzing the impacts of race and communication on maternal health care disparities. Panel Presentation at the International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship Conference, Virtual. September, 2021.

Cobb, T. L. The diary of a strong & angry black woman: The effects on my mental health. Competitive poster presentation at D.C. Health Comm Conference, Washington D.C., Virtual. April, 2021.

Cobb, T. L. What is the real meaning of diversity? Competitive paper presentation at the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference, Tampa, Florida. September, 2020.