I am an Associate Professor whose research centers on health communication and computational social science. In my research program, I seek to address issues associated with health equity and environmental health in rural and underserved communities; to understand the organizational processes of online communities, multimodal activities (networks, social influence through campaign messages, promotion via branding) and technologies to understand information, access and platform behavior and practices through their evolution, temporal factors and linguistics. I am located in the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama (Ph.D., Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, 2012) and a Faculty Fellow at the Alabama Life Research Institute, where you’ll find my office in the Northeast Medical Building. My current (broad) areas of interest focus on examining social networks and organizations, knowledge sharing and the production of social change. I tend to be interested in the use of large web data, network analysis, NLP, and AI/ML.
I collaborate with the Institute for Communication and Information Research. I am an Affiliate Faculty with the Public Opinion Lab, Affiliate Faculty with the Alabama Water Institute, and the UA Cyber Institute AI/ML Group. I am affiliated with the Center for Youth Development and Intervention, and a member of the Alabama Reddit Research Group.
Professionally, I am active within the Health Communication Division and the Japan-U.S. Communication Association at the National Communication Association, and a member of the International Communication Association in the Health Communication Division and Computational Methods Interest Group.
My partner is an outstanding scholar; Dr. Brian C. Britt, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Data Analytics in the Public Opinion Lab in the College of Communication & Information Sciences, and together we have two rescue cats, Caramel and Cashew.