Research

My current research examines public health discourse to examine the communicative, structural and temporal features of large-scale dynamics, whether by clusters of organizations or individual users. This helps to inform the design of health campaigns and the subsequent evaluation process. Topically, this includes examining discourse surrounding health disparities, pandemics and risk expressed, considerate of cultural and sociopolitical factors.

Recent Awards and Grants

Here are several awards and grants. The full list is on my CV. Funded grant projects include National Institutes of Health/NIMHD ($99k), the National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant ($5000), Experiential Learning Awards (university level), Women & Giving Foundation (South Dakota Foundation), SEED Startup Funding, UA-RGC, University of Alabama-Strategic Funding, among others.

  • 2020 Top Paper Award, Game Studies Division, National Communication Association- Peter Berge, Rebecca K. Britt
  • 2020 Faculty Learning Committee: The S13 Project
  • 2018 Top Paper Award, Communication and the Future Division, National Communication Association
  • 2018 Faculty Fellow in Service Learning, Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, University of Alabama
  • 2017- Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg Young University Award, South Dakota State University (Research award established via an endowment given annually to one faculty member at SDSU for outstanding career potential in research with a $3000 research stipend)
  • 2017- Best Article for Research in Technical and Scientific Communication, Conference on College Composition and Communication, nominated by Editor Donna Kain, for article in Technical Communication Quarterly, Dr. Rebecca K. Britt & Dr. Kristen Hatten
  • 2016- St. Joseph Academy 25 Under 35 Award, competitive award selected among alumnae of Saint Joseph Academy for those under 35 years of age who have “gone above and beyond in their personal and professional endeavors since graduation and live the mission of the Academy embodied by the SJA founders and sponsors”
  • 2015- Top Paper Award, Communication and the Future Division, National Communication Association
  • 2015- Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, Central States Communication Association
  • 2014- Top Paper Award, Communication and the Future Division, National Communication Association
  • 2014- Top Paper Award, Research Division, Broadcast Education Association

Select Presentations

Here is a selection of a few recent presentations from the past few years. I’ve presented over 100 competitive, peer-reviewed conference manuscripts typically at international and national conferences. I have also delivered professional reports at local events, including collaborative research centers, health conferences, hospitals, classes, and other events.

Britt, R. K., Britt, B. C., Panek, E., & Lee, J. (2020). Communication expressed on the COVID-19 subreddit in the midst of a global health pandemic. Manuscript accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN [Converted for COVID-19], Health Communication Division.

Lee, J., Britt, R. K., & Lee, S. (2020). The COVID-19 infodemic: An exploratory computational analysis in Twitter. Manuscript accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN, Health Communication Division.

Berge, P., & Britt, R. K. (2020). Dance with me, Claude: Shippers, queerbaiting, and meaning making in the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Twitter Fandom. Manuscript accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN [Converted for COVID-19], Game Studies Division. *Top Paper Awarded from Game Studies Division.

Britt, R. K., & Berge, P. (2020). r/persona5 as a community of practice: A computational content analysis of expressed communication based on a Japanese role-playing game. Manuscript accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN [Converted for COVID-19], Japan-US Communication Association.

Barkley, K., & Britt, R. K. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic and Japan: The Tokyo Summer Games and the COVID-19 pandemic: Assessing Japan’s Olympiad as a crossroads of culture, health, communication, and sport. Presentation as part of a panel comprised of Omori, K. (Chair), Moscato, D., Anderson, J. S., & Nelson-Ichido, J. Presentation accepted at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN [Converted for COVID-19], Japan-US Communication Association.

Price, S. F., & Britt, R. K. (2020). “Look for positive people: Construction of counternarratives within r/transgender_surgeries.” Manuscript accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN [Converted for COVID-19], GLBTQ Studies Division.

Britt, B. C., Britt, R. K., Hayes, J., Panek, E., Maddox, J., & Musaev, A. (2020). Oral healthcare implications of dedicated online communities. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19.

Britt, B. C., & Britt, R. K. (2020). From waifus to whales: The evolution of discourse in the r/grandorder competitive community of practice. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, converted from Australia to virtual due to COVID-19.

Britt, R. K., & Doss, E. F. (2019). Conceptualizing endometriosis in the r/endo subreddit: A text mining and unsupervised analysis of communication. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Britt, R. K., Musaev, A., Britt, B.C., Hayes, J. L., & Maddox, J. (2019). Assessing patient needs and the characteristics of cardiovascular disease self-management apps through user reviews: The functional digital divide. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Britt, R. K., & Maddox, J. (2019). Player construction of gameplay in r/octopathtraveler: How the single-player Japanese RPG Octopath Traveler invokes culture, communication, and community. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Britt, R. K., & Englebert, A. M. (2018). Building and testing an mHealth application from a pilot study in a campus-community initiative. Manuscript to be presented at the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT. *Top Paper Awarded from Communication and the Future Division.

Britt, R. K. (2018). Cancer prevention and communication among dispersed Native Americans: Results from a qualitative investigation to reduce the digital divide. Manuscript presented at the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Britt, R. K., Britt, B. C., Hayes, J. L., & Oh, J. (2018). Mobile gacha games from Japan to the U.S.: The Tales of Link subreddit as a community of practice. Manuscript presented at the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Britt, R. K. (2018). Engaging diversity through technology: Using digital technologies in campus-community partnerships. Manuscript presented at the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT. 

Britt, R. K., B. C., Anderson, J., Fahrenwald, N., & Harming, S. (2018). ‘Sharing Hope and Healing’: A culturally tailored social media campaign to promote living kidney donation and transplantation among Native Americans. Manuscript presented at the annual conference Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.

Britt, R. K., & Britt, B. C. (2017). Assessing the role of narrative believability and need for cognition in guided mobile tours. Manuscript presented at the 103rd annual conference of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Anderson, J., Britt, R. K., Britt, B. C., Fahrenwald, N., & Harming, S. (2017). Memorable conversations after exposure to culturally-targeted campaign to increase living kidney donation and transplant among Native Americans. Manuscript presented at the 103rd annual conference of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Britt, B. C., Britt, R. K., Anderson, J., Fahrenwald, N., & Harming, S. (2017). Finding the invisible leader: When a priori opinion leader identification is impossible. Manuscript presented at the 103rd annual conference of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Britt, R. K., Britt, B. C., & Lucchesi, R. (2017). Promoting communication through digital inclusion among Native Americans: Increasing dialogue about tobacco cessation through multidisciplinary partnerships for progress. Manuscript  presented at the 103rd annual conference of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Britt, B. C., & Britt, R. K. (2017). Factors underlying HPV vaccine adoption: The roles of gender and terminology. Manuscript presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.