Research

Current research involves developing health communication campaigns through examining public discourse on large scale web sites/big data  (by users or organizations). This helps to inform the design of campaigns and evaluation process . The teams I lead and work with interdisciplinary and include faculty from Computer Science, Advertising & Public Relations, Journalism and Creative Media, Communication, and others. I work with the Public Opinion Lab. at the University of Alabama.

Funded grant projects include National Institutes of Health/NIMHD, the National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant, Experiential Learning Awards (university level), Women & Giving Foundation (South Dakota Foundation), SEED Startup Funding, UA-RGC, University of Alabama-Strategic Funding, among others.

Select Publications (Please request CV for additional publications)

Britt, R. K., & Englebert, A. M. (2019). Experiences of patients living with inflammatory bowel disease in rural communities. Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, 3, 40-46. doi: 10.4081/qrmh.2019.7962

Musaev, A., Britt, R. K., Hayes, J., Britt, B. C., Maddox, J., & Sheinidashtegol, P. (2019). Study of Twitter communications on cardiovascular disease by state health departments. IEEE International Conference on Web Services, 1-8.

Anderson, J., Britt, R. K., Britt, B. C., Fahrenwald, N., & Harming, S. (2019, in press). Memorable conversations after exposure to culturally-targeted campaign to increase living kidney donation and transplantation among Native Americans. Qualitative Health Research. 

Britt, R. K. (2019, in press). Teaching news design and data visualization. Syllabus, Journal of Teaching.

Britt, B. C., & Britt, R. K. (2019, in press). An examination of factors underlying HPV vaccine adoption: The roles of gender and terminology. North American Journal of Psychology. 

Britt, R. K., & Englebert, A. M. (2018).Behavioral determinants for vaccine acceptability among rurally located college students. Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine, 6, 262-276. 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.

Collison, B., Browne, B. L., McCutcheon, L. E., Britt, R. K., & Browne, A. M. (2018). The interpersonal beginnings of fandom: The relation between attachment style, trust, and the admiration of celebrities. International Journal of Personal Relationships, 12, 23-33. don: 10.5964/ijpr.v12il.282

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.