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.

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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