About Me

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.

I am active within the Health Communication Division and the Japan-U.S. Communication Association at the National Communication Association, and the International Communication Association.

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).