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
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.