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 pandemics and health disparities, as well as cultural phenomena.

The teams I lead and collaborate with are largely interdisciplinary and include faculty from Communication Studies, Computer Science, Advertising & Public Relations, Journalism and Creative Media, and others. I work with the Institute for Communication and Information Research and 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.

Recent Awards

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