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Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Rhode Island; B.A., Roger Williams University
I joined the English Department at Emmanuel College as an Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies. I received a BA in Communications from Roger Williams University, an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University.
My research has primarily focused on media effects and health communication, and the intersection between these two areas. I am particularly interested in the relationship between media use and health issues related to body image and risk behavior (e.g. drinking, smoking, drug use, etc.). As a complementary area of inquiry, I have also focused on strategic communication to impact health outcomes. I am currently on the editorial board of two journals: Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, and Communication Research Reports.
I love the energy that students bring into the classroom. It is clear that Emmanuel students are eager to learn and possess a contagious level of intellectual curiosity. I consistently find myself leaving the classroom feeling inspired.
I have primarily focused on two complementary areas of health communication research: media content and its potential influence on health attitudes and behavior; and strategic communication to impact health outcomes. In researching these areas, I have explored women's and men's body image and objectification, risky health behaviors such as drinking and smoking, social norms, and stigmatized men's health issues. I have investigated these topics in a variety of media contexts, including television, magazines, music lyrics, and social media.
This research has also led me to explore strategic communication messages and health campaign efficacy. I have designed and implemented multiple strategic health campaigns on the topics of media literacy, body image, eating disorders and high risk drinking. These campaigns have allowed me, with great pleasure, to collaborate with colleagues in student affairs and a nonprofit organization focusing on mental health and disordered eating behavior.
My most recent research focuses on body image and disordered eating behavior in social media contexts.