I recently completed my PhD at University of Utah, where my training was focused on strategic health and science communication research.
My current work has been 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 Dept. of Communication and Huntsman Cancer Institute at University of Utah.
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
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 exercise research has been misinterpreted for the public.
In Fall 2020, I joined the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies at University of Georgia, as an assistant professor of health communication, and I’m thrilled!