I am an Associate Professor in the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama. I focus on the use of large scale web data to inform health communication studies, such as online communities, campaign design, and public health risks. Current projects include work on health disparities in Alabama, online communities of practice, social media influencers and their role in brand trust– and how that impacts the health and well-being of individuals. Additional research lines include examining communication within subcultures of video game and mobile game communities, the health of those communities, and social dynamics in online subcultures and how well being might be informed.
Much of my work is collaborative in nature, with fellow faculty and students across departments, colleges, and other universities. Likewise, I enjoy collaborating with community and state partners, such as state health departments, non-profit organizations, clinics, and other organizations.
I am also an artist, and enjoy drawing and painting. You can find me on Instagram and Deviantart. I update my Instagram account with works in progress, sketches, paintings, and occasionally short videos of timelapses.