I am an Assistant Professor of Communication at The George Washington University’s Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication. I received my PhD from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in 2014. Originally from Oregon, I received my B.A. from Portland State University in Applied Linguistics, where I was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and my M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University in 2009.
My research is on sexual communication and sexual health. I examine parent-child communication about sex, social norms about sexual communication, and media portrayals of sexual health. Other areas of my expertise include health communication, media effects, information literacy, health campaign design, program evaluation, and cultural contexts of health.