Hello! I am an associate professor of communication and Director of Strategic Communication in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. My research identifies effective health communication messaging that can be used to reduce sexual assault and promote healthy sexual relationships among young people. I also investigate the media's effects on youths' romantic and sexual relationships.
I have been working with Kathleen for the past five years. Kathleen Boyce Rodgers and I received the 2014 Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. We also earned one of two National Council on Family Relations Innovation Grants in 2014.
I am nationally ranked by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship for her health communication research focused on media and children, gender, conflict (sexual assault reduction), and substance abuse prevention. My research has been published in the Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Mass Communication & Society, and others. My research has been sponsored by the United States Department of Education, the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Washington State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program.