As a researcher and teacher, my goal is to find creative and beneficial methods of using technology to improve knowledge and health. I have theoretical training in health communication and extensive experience in the use of telemedicine and social technologies. In my teaching, I seek to utilize technology for constructive purposes and encourage digital literacy. In my research, I value interventional approaches in order to directly have effects on individuals’ healthy behaviors. However, I also appreciate the value of descriptive and experimental work that allows us to learn about individuals’ perceptions of health-related technology. 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.