I recently completed my PhD at University of Utah, where my training was focused on strategic health science communication research. In Fall 2020, I joined the Department of Communication Studies at University of Georgia as an assistant professor of health communication.
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 the labs of Drs. Kimberly Kaphingst and Jakob Jensen.
My scholarly interests and research pertain to:
- News media presentation of biomedical research
- Public understanding of science, especially scientific uncertainty
- Adoption of emerging healthcare technologies
- Mass media health campaign design and evaluation
- Resistance to persuasion and/or threats to autonomy (e.g., psychological reactance)
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.