- M.A. in Communication, Virginia Tech, 2012
- B.A. in Communication, Virginia Tech
- A.A.S. General Studies, Sourthwest Virginia Community College
- Graduate Intern, PlayScience/PlayCollective, New York, NY (Summer 2014)
- MCOM 3310: Professional Communication Lab
- MCOM 4301: Media Insights
- PR 4301: Issues Management
- PR 4312: Public Relations Campaigns
- My research seeks to inform theory and practice of how individuals interact with environmental/science information and strategic communication messages. Primarily, I use media psychology and persuasion theories in science and environmental contexts to understand:
Some of my research focuses on methodology and seeks valid indicators of cognitive and emotional variables that permit a more comprehensive understanding of mediated phenomena. My research questions typically are investigated using quantitative methodologies, including experimental research, physiological measures, content analysis and survey methodologies.
- How individuals understand and process information.
- How source factors and message factors (i.e., content and structural features) influence message processing.
- The perceptual, attitudinal, and behavioral consequences of message processing (e.g., learning; attitude change, policy acceptance; message selection).
Leadership / Awards
- Top Graduate Student Paper, Advertising Division, AEJMC (2014)
- Graduate Student Liaison, Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Division of AEJMC (2013-present)
- Hutcheson Graduate Fellowship (2013-2014)
- AT&T Chancellor’s Fellowship (2012-Present)
- Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship (2012-2013)