B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.A., Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Family and Interpersonal Health Communication, Sexual Health Education, Intergenerational Communication
I am interested in family and close relationships as sites of social influence for health beliefs and behaviors. My research examines how communication in parent-child, friendship, sexual partner, and health care provider relationships influences sexual health knowledge and practices. Current projects include a series of meta-analyses examining parent-child sexual communication and sexual health education interventions as related to sexual risk behaviors and attitudes, as well as a survey and evaluation of current perinatal HIV and STI testing practices. My teaching experience spans a variety of areas in the discipline, including interpersonal and family communication, health communication, and organizational communication. I hope to give students the tools necessary to improve their relationships and become better citizens. I enjoy finding new ways to incorporate service learning into my courses, so that students feel empowered to make a difference in the world around them.