Hello! I am originally from Cockeysville, Maryland - a suburb of Baltimore. I attended Wake Forest University for my undergraduate education, where I received my B.S. (2011) in Health and Exercise Science. I then moved to Penn State University, where I completed my M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2017) in Communication Arts and Sciences. After completing a post doctoral teaching fellowship in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Penn State this summer, I will be starting as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in the fall.
My research focuses on health, interpersonal, intergenerational, and lifespan communication, specifically within behavior change theory, health information sharing, and health campaign design. I also enjoy teaching and have had the opportunity to teach a variety of undergraduate courses both in the classroom and online, including research methods, health communication, communication and aging, communication theory, organizational communication, conflict resolution and negotiation, and group communication.
I like to spend my spare time rock climbing and skiing. I also enjoy reading, particularly fiction, and I love to travel!