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 in my health communication scholarship, where I research rural health, disparities, online communities, campaign development, and public health discourse. Current projects include work on health disparities in rural communities; extending theories of online communities of practice in evolving online spaces dedicated to health discourse and risk; social media influencers and their role in brand trust and how that impacts the well-being of individuals, and examining misinformation and disinformation.
Much of my work is collaborative in nature, with fellow faculty and students across departments, colleges, and other universities. I enjoy collaborating with community and state partners, such as state health departments, non-profit organizations, clinics, and other organizations.
I attended Purdue University where I received my bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. and worked with Dr. Sorin Matei, where I was introduced to computational social science, networks, and machine learning. I worked with Dr. Bart Collins at Discovery Park at Purdue, and Dr. James Mohler in the Computer Graphics Technology Department in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.
I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting, video games, and anime.
You can contact me at rkbritt @ ua.edu (remove the spaces).