I am completing my doctoral degree and seek to increase my research productivity for social impact
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Located at the intersection of media, society, and the environment, my work increasingly attends to framing across modalities and strategic communication. I'm interest in how media can affect perception of wildfire and broader environmental crisis, such as climate change.
September 2016 - September 2021
- Research Assistant
- I provide teaching, grading, and student consultation assistance to faculty. I also assist members of faculty in advancing their research endeavors.
September 2010 - June 2016
- Health Communication Specialist
- I assisted national, regulatory tobacco product outreach and health science communication to industry, public health partners and the general public.
July 2009 - June 2010
- I co-designed a content analysis of breast cancer screening messaging on YouTube and analyzed text messaging best practice for health interventions.
People and policies in the United States have become more affirming of LGBTQ individuals, yet LGBTQ parents face ongoing challenges in the heteronormative, cisnormative family space. The current study identifies contexts in which LGBTQ parents perceive their family identity to be non-normative and examines parents’ psychological and communicative r...
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closures across the United States, removing important social support sources for many LGBTQ youths. The current research examines the collective coping of young LGBTQ people (majority transgender/nonbinary) who participated in the first known virtual camp program for pandemic-affected youths. In Study 1, in-dep...
Climate crisis, fuelled by dominant social, political and economic structures, causes a rift in the Earth’s metabolism. In the built environment, where people live and work, social-ecological communities, such as ecovillages and cohousing, model and pursue alternative, interconnected relations with nature. This study examines five social-ecological...
Car accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. 10- to 24-year-olds (CDC, 2018). Motivating youth to drive less by choosing car-free mobility may reduce fatalities and contribute to positive environmental impact. Yet, little is known about how youth perceive car-free transportation or what may motivate them to choose it more often. Results...
A manuscript in press examines five social-ecological communities (e.g., ecovillages) in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and their use of strategic communication to pursue structural change. Long interviews identified three themes and eight sub-themes through which community members influence the mainstream that surrounds them and enrich their own membership and infrastructure.