Current Projects

My current research falls into two main areas, both under the larger umbrella of unintended communication effects.

(1) Communicating Scientific Uncertainty

This research has two aims: #1 – to examine how scientific uncertainty is currently portrayed to the public and/or prospective research participants, and #2 – to test whether current norms produce unintended effects (e.g., loss of public trust, unrealistic expectations for science) that could be remedied through improved ways of communicating about research complexity. My dissertation examined this in the context of precision medicine/genomics, and I’m currently examining it in the context of COVID-19.

Related projects:

(2) Mitigating Psychological Reactance in Health Contexts

Reactance to Persuasive Health Appeals

I’m currently examining reactance in the context of COVID-19 communication. Past projects include:

Reactance to Highly Tailored Health Information

Planned research will look at whether reactance can arise from hypertailored health communication (e.g., in precision medicine). Related projects include: