My research focuses on the intersection of media and health, with a particular interest in investigating how we can use media and technology in ways that promote health. My work has examined the association between social media use and mental health outcomes, the spread of misinformation on social media, and online marketing of emerging tobacco products (e.g. hookah, e-cigarettes). Much of this work uses novel methodologies such as combining in-depth qualitative, quantitative, and social network data. I am currently conducting pilot trials in area high schools to test a media literacy-based tobacco prevention program as well as examining COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy on Twitter. As a part of my research, I aim to utilize community-based participatory methods, especially when working with adolescents and young adults. I am also committed to developing the research, presentation, and publishing skills of undergraduate and graduate students by providing enriching mentoring opportunities.
2009 | University of Toledo, Toledo, OH | PhD, Health Education
2003 | Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health, Toledo, OH | MPH, Health Education & Promotion
2002 | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY | BA, Health & Society