I’m a doctoral student at University of Utah focusing 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 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

My scholarly interests and research pertain to:

  • Resistance to persuasion and/or threats to autonomy
  • Adoption of emerging healthcare technologies
  • Use of heuristics in information processing and decision-making
  • News coverage of health research; public attitudes toward health journalism
  • Public understanding of science/evidence
  • Philosophy of science

I primarily examine these topics in the contexts of communication about cancer research. I’m also interested in exercise communication and formerly worked as a journalist covering exercise, nutrition and health behavior 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.

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

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