Education and professional background
I am an Associate Professor of Communication at Bradley University. In my current role, I teach within the AD/PR major in the Department of Communication—classes such as PR Writing, Social Media for Strategic Communication, PR Case Studies and Campaigns, and Health Communication.
My research interests focus on health communication and media effects, including communication about and perceptions of persons with mental illnesses that often fall victim to social biases. I have published in Journal of Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, and Health Communication, among others.
Prior to earning my doctorate from Indiana University's Media School, I received my B.A. in journalism from Ohio Northern University, where my focus was on news writing and graphic design. I served as an editor and reporter for the campus newspaper and worked as a general assignment reporter with The Lima News and The Ada Herald. I earned my M.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis where I also worked in the advertising production office of the student-run newspaper and as a teaching assistant on campus, alongside a corporate communications internship. After my master’s, I worked as the marketing and social media communications manager at an insurance company in Northeastern Ohio.