College: Public Health
Department: Community and Behavioral Health, Communication Studies
Research Interests: Health Communications, Persuasion, Campaigns
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Communication, 1999.
M.A., The Ohio State University, Sociology, 1994.
B.S., Cornell University, Communiction, 1990.
My research and teaching have centered on health communication and social marketing. I teach an introductory graduate course in health communication and a graduate seminar in health campaigns. My research focuses on how to encourage more informed decision making and to encourage healthy behaviors. Most of my work has focused on reducing risk through identifying and attempting to influence individual, family and health care provider variables which impact behaviors in a wide variety of populations particularly those with health disparities (rural, ethnic minorities, LGBT, low income). I am most interested in finding effective ways to reduce risk taking behaviors among young adults (e.g., alcohol abuse and sexual heatlh). I have won a number of national and international awards for the health campaigns I have developed, as well as several colleagiate teaching awards