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Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Rhode Island; B.A., Roger Williams University
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in the role of media in shaping our identities and our norms, and how our health can be impacted in the process. When asked about my area of specialization, I describe it as media psychology with a focus on health and well-being. I find this label successfully bridges the broad theory, topics, methodology, and publication venues I have used. In researching this topic, I have focused on two complementary areas: the psychological mechanisms of media effects and strategic communication campaigns to address health issues. I am particularly interested in the relationship between technology, emerging media and issues related to body image and addiction (e.g. drinking, smoking, drug use, etc.).
I bring the media psychology framework into the classroom in all of my courses. In doing so, I strive to provide students with a solid foundation in media literacy, audience analysis, message creation, and strategic communication campaigns. In addition, experiential learning is a core tenant of my teaching philosophy. I strive to bridge theory with application across the curriculum so that students can apply their knowledge through hands-on, real-world projects.
I love the energy that students bring into the classroom. It is clear that Emmanuel students are eager to learn and possess a contagious level of intellectual curiosity. I consistently find myself leaving the classroom feeling inspired.