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Samantha Leggett-Bradley

Third 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 2023, Samantha will teach COMM 122 (Communication in Contemporary Society) and COMM 104 (Fundamentals of Public Communication) at WVU as well as a 100-level Interpersonal Communication course at Juniata College. In the past Samantha has taught Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Organizational Communication, Health Communication, and Appreciation of Motion Pictures.  


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