I’m a doctoral candidate 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:

  • Media effects and message effects
  • Mass media health campaign design and evaluation
  • News media presentation of biomedical research
  • Resistance to persuasion and/or threats to autonomy
  • Adoption of emerging healthcare technologies
  • Public understanding of science, especially scientific uncertainty
  • Metascience

I primarily examine these topics in the contexts of communication about cancer, genomics, and precision medicine.

Prior to graduate school I worked as a journalist covering health psychology for several outlets, including Men’s Health and U.S. News. I also cowrote a book called The Great Cardio Myth about how a lot of exercise research has been misinterpreted for the public.

Feel free to connect by email, Twitter or LinkedIn, or read some of my earlier essays about health behavior and marketing at Survival of the Realist.

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