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Samantha Leggett-Bradley

Second Year Ph.D. Student

Curriculum Vita

Areas of Emphasis:

Intergroup Communication
Interpersonal Communication


Samantha Leggett-Bradley is from Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. Before WVU, Samantha worked full-time in pastoral ministry with the United Methodist Church for ten years. She served as a Youth Pastor with grades 6-12, a Young Adult Pastor with ages 18-35, a Contemporary Worship Pastor, and eventually as an Associate Pastor with all ages. Samantha also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Communication at Messiah University from 2016-2021.

Samantha’s areas of study include LGBTQ+ individuals' disclosure strategies when coming out to a parent/guardian, as well as creating and implementing facilitations for LGBTQ+ individuals to help practice and navigate coming out in a Christian home. Finding ways to reduce prejudice toward members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as increase communication efficacy for members of this population are her overarching research goals.

Outside of academia, Samantha can be found fishing and canning home grown produce with her wife Ashley.

For Fall 2022, Samantha will teach COMM 306 (Organizational Communication). In the past Samantha has taught Fundamentals of Oral Communication and Fundamentals of Public Communication.


B.A., Communication (Emphasis: Speech Communication), Messiah University 
M.A., Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Messiah University