Research

Most recently, my work involves a multi-pronged approach to developing public health projects by –> examining public communication on various media through mid-sized to big data sets  (by users or organizations) to –> inform the design of campaigns and interventions and subsequently –> evaluate and reanalyze texts . The teams I work with are varied and include faculty from Computer Science, Advertising & Public Relations, Journalism and Creative Media, Communication, and others. I’m often in the Public Opinion Lab, which is a wonderful place to be creative and conduct excellent research. Several of my teammates are fantastic and leading scholars, and I am lucky to work with them: Dr. Jameson Hayes, Dr. Aibek Musaev, and Dr. Jessica Maddox.

I really enjoy working with data. Most recently, I am using python for a lot (maybe too much). So far, I have two unreleased scripts that take different approaches to mining various texts. I haven’t publicly released them(but they’re very user-friendly). I am also learning R to plot and analyze data. I would say that my skills in python are moderate, and I am a true beginner in R.

I am also studying video games and popular media. I am exploring phenomena in media effects, once more, through examining public communication on various platforms gathering data to focus on how game play translates to various behaviors, like health and well-being.

Among grant funding, I have received funding from NIH/NIMHD (redacted for review as manuscripts are pending), the National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant (launch of the inaugural Health Communication Mini-Conference), Experiential Learning Awards (university level), Women & Giving Foundation (South Dakota Foundation), SEED Startup Funding, among others.

My current funding includes Strategic Funding from C&IS; a Research and Grants Proposal Award from the University of Alabama with Co-PI Dr. Musaev; funding from serving as a Tide Together mentor; and funding as a result of being a Faculty Fellow in Service Learning at The University of Alabama.

2016 photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee

2016 photo by Rebecca Scoggin McEntee

Select Publications (Select samples only here; please request CV for additional publications, 2012-2018)

Musaev, A., Britt, R. K., Hayes, J., Britt, B. C., Maddox, J., & Sheinidashtegol, P. (2019, in press). Study of Twitter communications on cardiovascular disease by state health departments. IEEE International Conference on Web Services, in press. 

Britt, R. K., & Englebert, A. M. (2018).Behavioral determinants for vaccine acceptability among rurally located college students. Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine. Article available ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/21642850.2018.1505519

Britt, R. K. (2018). An evaluation of an interpretive, guided mobile tour. Journal of Interpretation Research, 22(2), 65-69.

Britt, R. K., Collins, W. B., Linnemeier, G., Wilson, K., & Englebert, A. M. (2017). The role of the eHEALS scale and its relation to college students’ maintenance of health issues today: A study guided by the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(12), e392. 

Britt, R. K. (2017). Online social support processes for patients of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Health Communication, 32(12), 1529-1538. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1234539

Britt, R. K., & Britt, B. C.  (2016). The need to develop health campaigns for obtaining the HPV vaccine in rural and medically-underserved college campuses. Education & Health, 34(3), 74-78.

Britt, R. K., & Hatten, K. N. (2016). The development and validation of the eHealth competency scale: A measurement of self-efficacy, knowledge, usage, and motivation. Technical Communication Quarterly, 25(2), 137-150. do: 10.1080/10572252.2016.1149621. Top Paper awarded at the Central States Communication Association; Best Article for Research in Technical and Scientific Communication, Conference on College Composition and Communication.

McCutcheon, L., Browne, B. L., Rich, G. J., & Britt, R. K. (2016). The relationship between attitudes and the five factor personality inventory: A brief report. North American Journal of Psychology18(3), 525-532.

Britt, R. K. Britt, B. C., & Anderson, J. (2016). Theoretical implications addressing rural college students’ organ donation behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/1359105315611953.

Britt, R. K., Collins, W. B., Linnemeier, G., Wilson, K., & Englebert, A. M. (2015). The role of eHealth literacy and the HPV vaccination among young adults: Implications from a planned behavior approach. Communication Research Reports, 32(3), 208-215. doi: 1080/08824096.2015.1052963.

Britt, R. K. (2015). Participation on celebrity gossip blogs: A study of celebrity attitudes and gratifications. North American Journal of Psychology, 17(2), 383-396. Top Paper awarded at the National Communication Association.