Teaching and Research Areas: Computer-Mediated Communication, Health Communication, New Media and Health, Advanced Research Methods
My research interests lie within the domains of computer-mediated communication, health communication, and mHealth. My scholarship falls under three main areas: (1) individual differences in the adoption and use of communication technology and new media; (2) effect of psychographic factors, social instabilities, stigma, and healthcare inadequacies on health outcomes; and (3) use of mobile technology to improve and maintain favorable health behaviors in underserved populations. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, AIDS and Behavior, Mobile Media and Communication, and Substance Abuse.
I have been awarded multiple research grants including a recent NIH grant (R21 DA039842; PI: Frederick L. Altice, Co-I: Archana Krishnan). Project SMART is a mHealth randomized controlled trial designed to examine the feasibility and acceptability of mHealth tools (electronic pill boxes and smartphones) and communication feedback on medication adherence among people living with HIV (PLH) with cocaine use disorders. My research was profiled in the annual research report “Pathways to Health” and I was named a mHealth Research Scholar by the NIH/NIDA-funded UCLA mHealth Training Institute.
Broadly, my research areas of interest are:
- Computer-mediated communication
- Digital and social media
- Mobile communication/mHealth
- Health communication
- Scale development and validation
- Media effects