All of the work that I complete is centered on one goal: improving the health and well-being of individuals. With theoretical training in health communication and media use, as well as extensive experience in the use of telemedicine and social technologies, I am interested in the application of new media in healthcare. I believe in taking an interventional approach when possible to directly have effects on individuals’ healthy behaviors, such as with the work I have done in implementing a rural telepsychiatry network. However, I also appreciate the value of descriptive and experimental work that allows us to learn about individuals’ perceptions of health-related technology. This is why I have conducted surveys and experiments to learn about how health-related media are being used, such as in my work that examines the use of smartphones for health purposes. Overall, I believe that new technologies–such as social media, videoconferencing, smartphones, online patient portals, and even video games–have incredible potential to change the healthcare system as we know it.
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I am currently teaching courses related to the following topics in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia.