Faculty advisor, Charity Craft Club
BUS330 Consumer Behavior
BUS370 Business Analysis and Research
- Outstanding Reviewer, Appetite (2016).
- Best Article of the Year Award, Mass Communication & Society (2015).
- Best Article Award, Journal of Interactive Advertising (2015).
- 2015 Teacher-Scholar Award at Michigan State University.
- Best Academic Paper, International Social Marketing Conference (2014).
- 2014 Research Matters honor at MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
- 2012 Departmental Research Award, Department of Advertising + Public Relations, Michigan State University.
- Top paper award (3rd highest) in the Ad Division of the 2012 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference.
- Award of Excellence, Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Research Symposium (2010).
- Best Conference Paper, American Academy of Advertising Conference (2009).
- Best Early Career Presentation, Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference (2009).
- Best Conference Paper, Society for Consumer Psychology Conference (2008).
- Best Early Career Conference Paper, Faculty of Business, Economics & Law Research Conference, University of Queensland (2008).
Anna R. McAlister joined Endicott College in 2015 as an Associate Professor. She teaches courses in Consumer Behavior (BUS330), Marketing (BUS200), and Business Analysis and Research (BUS370). Marketing and Consumer Behavior are offered in the classroom and online.
Before joining Endicott College, Dr. McAlister was Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, where she won the prestigious Teacher-Scholar Award in 2015. Dr. McAlister's research focuses on advertising to children. She is especially interested in policy matters related to the ways in which children's dietary choices are influenced by food and beverage advertising. In addition to her work with children, Dr. McAlister also conducts research with adults to examine topics such as adults' responses to alcohol advertising, cyberbullying, food marketing, and unit pricing. Her work has won multiple awards including two Best Article of the Year journal article awards and six Best Academic Paper awards at international conferences. Recent papers are published in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Child Development, and Appetite.
Dr. McAlister's qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology (2006, University of Queensland, Australia) and three years of postdoctoral training in Marketing (2007-2009). She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Education, specializing in Higher Education.
Refereed Journal Articles:
Anna R. McAlister, and Danielle M. Bargh (2016), "Dissuasion: The Elaboration Likelihood Model and Young Children," Young Consumers, 17(3).
Alhabash, Saleem, Anna R. McAlister, Wonkyung Kim, Chen Lou, Carie Cunningham, Elizabeth Taylor Quilliam, and Jef I. Richards (2016), "Saw It on Facebook, Drank It at the Bar! Effects of Exposure to Facebook Alcohol Ads on Alcohol-Related Behaviors," Journal of Interactive Advertising, 16(1), 44-58.
Cash, Sean, Anna R. McAlister, Christina Economos, Megan Lehnerd, and Katie Panarella (2015), "Can Coupons Get Kids to Buy Healthier Snacks? A Multi-Disciplinary Pilot Intervention," Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47(4), S106.
Alhabash, Saleem, Anna R. McAlister, Chen Lou, and Amy Hagerstrom (2015), "From Clicks to Behaviors: The Mediating Effect of Intentions to Like, Share, and Comment on the Relationship Between Message Evaluations and Offline Behavioral Intentions," Journal of Interactive Advertising, 15(2), 82-96.
Alhabash, Saleem, Anna R. McAlister, Elizabeth Quilliam, Jef I. Richards, and Chen Lou (2015), "Alcohol's Getting a bit More Social: When Alcohol Marketing Messages on Facebook Increase Young Adults' Intentions to Imbibe," Mass Communication and Society, 18(3), 350-375.
Alhabash, Saleem and Anna R. McAlister (2015), "Redefining Virality in Less Broad Strokes: Predicting Viral Behavioral Intentions from Motivations and Uses of Facebook and Twitter," New Media & Society, 17(8), 1317-1339.
T. Bettina Cornwell, Anna R. McAlister,and Nancy Polmear-Swendris (2014), "Children's Knowledge of Packaged and Fast Food Brands and Child BMI: Why the Relationship Matters for Policy Makers," Appetite, 81(1), 277-283.
McAlister, Anna and Candida C. Peterson (2013), "Siblings, Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning in Children Aged 3 to 6 Years: New Longitudinal Evidence," Child Development, 84(4), 1442-1458.
McAlister, Anna R.and T. Bettina Cornwell (2013), "The Influence of Food Marketing on Preschool Children's Taste Preferences, Food Choices, and BMI," Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37, S271.
Cash, Sean B., Wiktor L. Adamowicz, Shannon Allen, and Anna R. McAlister (2013), "Children's Response to Food Price and Warning Interventions when Purchasing Snack Foods," Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 37, S273.
Alhabash, Saleem, Anna R. McAlister, Amy Hagerstrom, Elizabeth Quilliam, Nora J. Rifon, and Jef I. Richards (2013), "Between 'Likes' and 'Shares': Effects of Emotional Appeal and Virality on the Persuasiveness of Anti-Cyberbullying Messages on Facebook," Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(3), 175-182. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0265
Cornwell, T. Bettina and Anna R. McAlister (2013), "Contingent Choice: Exploring the Relationship between Sweetened Beverages and Vegetable Consumption," Appetite, 62, 203-208.
McAlister, Anna R. and T. Bettina Cornwell (2012), "Collectible Toys as Marketing Tools: Understanding Preschool Children's Responses to Foods Paired with Premiums,"Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, 31(2), 195-205. doi: 10.1509/jppm.10.067
McAlister, Anna R., Sarah J. Kelly, Michael S. Humphreys, and T. Bettina Cornwell (2012), "Change in a Sponsorship Alliance and the Communication Implications of Spontaneous Recovery," Journal of Advertising, 41(1), 5-16.
Cornwell, T. Bettina, Michael Humphreys, Emerald Quinn, and Anna McAlister (2012), "Memory of Sponsorship-linked Marketing Communications: The Effect of Competitor Mentions," SAGE Open, 2(4). http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/2/4/2158244012468139.full
Kelly, Sarah J., T. Bettina Cornwell, Leonard V. Coote, and Anna R. McAlister (2012), "Event-Related Advertising and the Special Case of Sponsorship-Linked Advertising"International Journal of Advertising, 31(1), 15-37.
Cornwell, T. Bettina and Anna R. McAlister(2011), "Alternative Thinking about Starting Points of Obesity: Development of Child Taste Preferences," Appetite, 56(2), 428-439.
McAlister, Anna R., T. Bettina Cornwell, and Emilita Krisanti Cornain (2011), "Collectible Toys and Decisions to Share: I'll Gift You One to Expand my Set," British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29, 1-17.
McAlister, Anna R. and T. Bettina Cornwell (2010), 'Children's Brand Symbolism Understanding: Links to Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning,' Psychology and Marketing, 27(3), 203-228.
Humphreys, Michael S., T. Bettina Cornwell, Anna R. McAlister, Sarah J. Kelly, Emerald A. Quinn, and Krista L. Murray (2010), 'Sponsorship, Ambushing, and Counter-Strategy: Effects upon Memory for Sponsor and Event," Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 16(1), 96-108.
McAlister, Anna R. and T. Bettina Cornwell (2009), "Preschool Children's Persuasion Knowledge: The Contribution of Theory of Mind,' Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, 28(2),175-185.
McAlister, Anna and Candida C. Peterson (2007), 'A Longitudinal Study of Child Siblings and Theory of Mind Development,' Cognitive Development, 22, 258“270.
Wilkinson, Timothy, Anna McAlister, and Scott Widmier (2007), "Reaching the International Consumer: An Assessment of the International Direct Marketing Environment," Direct Marketing: An International Journal, 1(1), 17“37.
McAlister, Anna and Candida C. Peterson (2006), œMental Playmates: Siblings, Executive Functioning and Theory of Mind. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24,733“751.
McAlister, Anna, Nancy Pachana, and Chris J. Jackson (2005), "Predictors of Young Dating Adults" Inclination to Engage in Extradyadic Sexual Activities: A Multi-Perspective Study," British Journal of Psychology, 96,331“351.
McAlister, Anna (2017), "How Marketing Communications Influence the Formation of Food Habits Prior to Adulthood," In A. Dudo and L. Kahlor (Eds.), New Agendas in Communication, NY: Routledge.
Cornwell, T. Bettina and Anna R. McAlister (2014), 'Preschool Children's Preference for Energy-Dense, Branded Foods: An Unsustainable Trajectory," In L. R. Kahle & E. Gural-Atay (Eds.), Communicating Sustainability for the Green Economy, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
McAlister, Anna (2007), "Marketing to Children: The Foundation of Cradle-to-Grave Brand Relationships," In D. Owens & D. Hausknecht (Eds.), Marketing in the 21st Century (Vol. 4), CT: Praeger Press.
Cash, Sean B. and Anna R. McAlister (2011), Influence of developmental differences on children's response to information on foods. Report to the United States Department of Agriculture, Economics Research Service, agreement number 59-5000-0-0075, 43 pp.
McAlister, Anna R. and T. Bettina Cornwell (2010), "Children and Advertising: Parents' Role,' Pediatrics for Parents: The Children's Medical Journal for Parents, 26(9-10), 18-19.