Welcome to my website. I am Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. I also hold appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Arizona Cancer Center. I earned my Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005.
My research is situated in the general areas of communication and technology, health communication, and social influence. I am particularly interested in issues that intersect these domains. Two topics define my current work: First, much of my research examines the implications of new communication technologies for health communication. I have conducted studies investigating the role of new communication technologies in acquiring health information and coping with illness. Second, I am interested in the communication processes involved in resisting persuasion attempts. My research in this area examines psychological reactance theory and inoculation theory.