- Ph.D., Communication Arts & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
- Dissertation: Persuasive hope theory and hope appeals in messages about climate change mitigation and seasonal influenza prevention
- M.A., Health Communication, Emerson College-Tufts School of Medicine Program in Health Communication
- B.S., Communication, Cornell University
- Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, 2010-present
- Affiliated Faculty Member, Communication and Development Studies, Center for International Studies, Ohio University, 2011-present
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2007-2010
- Graduate Instructor, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2010
- Research Assistant, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University, 2007-2008
- Graduate Assistant Instructor, Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
Related Professional Experience
ORC Macro/Macro International (now ICF Macro), Project Manager, 2003-2005, Senior Research Associate, 2001-2003, Research Associate, 1999-2001.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Grant Reviewer, 2008.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & George Mason University, The Public Health Response to Climate Change: Effective Health Communication and Marketing, Consultant and Participant, 2008.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Consultant, 2008.
Journal of Health Communication, Managing Editor and Internet Editor, 1997-1999.
Publications: Publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Health Communication, Health Promotion and Practice, Journal of Adolescent Health, and PLoS ONE. Also invited and peer-selected papers presented at national conferences, including two top four papers.
Selected Honors and Awards: Top Paper in the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2011), Top Four Paper Award in the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2009), Dissertation Award (2009), Graduate Research Award (2007), Center for Health and Risk Communication Fellow (2006-2009), University Graduate Fellow (2005-2006), Excellence in Scholarship Award (1998, 1999)
Research: My research focuses on the use of communication messages to change attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to health and environmental issues.
• Health communication
• Health campaigns
• Message design
• Social influence and persuasion
• Emotion and emotional appeals
• Environmental communication
• Climate change communication
• Risk and disaster communication
• Health and environmental behavior change
Teaching Specialization: Persuasion, Health Communication, Health Communication Campaigns, Quantitative Research Methods, and Emotions