I’m a doctoral student at University of Utah focused on strategic health and science communication.
My current work is supported by UCEER (Utah Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications Research), which is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. I’m also affiliated with Dr. Kim Kaphingst’s lab in the U of Utah Department of Communication and Huntsman Cancer Institute.
My scholarly interests and research pertain to:
- Resistance to persuasion and/or threats to autonomy
- Adoption of emerging healthcare technologies
- Information processing and decision-making
- News media presentation of health and biomedical research
- Public understanding of science/evidence
- Philosophy of science
I primarily examine these topics in the contexts of communication about cancer, genomics, and precision medicine research, especially in the media.
Prior to graduate school I worked as a journalist covering health psychology for several outlets, including Men’s Health and U.S. News. I cowrote a book about how exercise research has been misinterpreted for the public — called The Great Cardio Myth — which can be found here.