About Me

I am an Associate Professor in the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama. My current projects include work on health disparities in rural communities; examining theory and evolving online spaces dedicated to health issues, with an emphasis on chronic health, disease management, and information sharing related to risk and crises in healthcare settings.

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 am also fortunate to work with collaborators across the world. I am working on several projects related to health communication and social media affordances on Reddit with Naiyan Jones, a researcher and data analyst at the UK Office for National Statistics.

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).