About Me

I am an Associate Professor in Health Communication the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama. My research involves several key areas centered around health communication and communication studies. My work employs computational social science, quantitative and qualitative methods. I attended Purdue University where I received my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. and had the privilege to with Dr. Sorin Matei, where I was introduced to computational social science, networks, and machine learning.  I also had the privilege to work with Dr. Bart Collins at Discovery Park at Purdue,  and Dr. James Mohler in the Computer Graphics Technology Department in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Much of my work is collaborative in nature, with fellow faculty and students across departments, colleges, and other universities. I enjoy working with community and state partners, such as state health departments, non-profit organizations, clinics, and other groups, and I am fortunate to work with collaborators across the world. For instance, I am working on several projects related to health communication and digital affordances with Naiyan Jones, a researcher and data analyst at the UK Office for National Statistics. I am also working with Dr. Van Dyke on science and risk related research and grants.

I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting. I do not have much time any more, but below the photographs are examples. Many of my pieces begin with sketch on paper that I then snap a shot with my iPad- or phone- and paint over using Adobe Photoshop or Procreate. My preferred tools of the trade when I use Procreate is either the Sensu brush or Wacom stylus.

You can contact me at rkbritt @ ua.edu (remove the spaces).

Examples of artwork.