About Me

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.

Research Projects

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Teaching

I am currently teaching courses related to the following topics in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia.

e-Portfolios in Public Health
In this capstone course for Health Promotion majors, students create an e-Portfolio to showcase the knowledge and skills they have developed during their undergraduate careers. They also learn essential career development skills to prepare them for life after college.

This course is still in development, but check back soon for more detailed information.
Writing for Public Health
This course provides Health Promotion students with the skill set required to write professionally in a public health career. It covers both scientific and science writing, with emphases on document design, translating scientific findings, and collaborative work.

This course is being revised, but check back soon for more detailed information.
Social Marketing
This required course for the Masters in Public Health program details social marketing and health communication techniques for encouraging healthy behaviors. It covers health communication theory, campaign development, and evaluation processes.

This course is still in development, but check back soon for more detailed information.