I am a senior lecturer in Journalism and Creative Writing.
My primary area of research is health communication through social media My latest study with colleagues in the United States is on Facebook use and body image. I have also examined health-related peer-to-peer communication through online platforms and how it influences health attitudes and outcomes. And how hospitals in the United States use social media to communicate with their patients. I have also conducted research in international communication and advertising.
I work with various colleagues and groups on campus across faculties and am a member of the Steering Group of the interdisciplinary Centre for Health Policy, which is part of the International Public Policy Institute (IPPI).
My professional experience includes working as an assistant editor, managing editor, health writer, reporter, and copy editor for various publications in the United States and Bulgaria, and as a public relations coordinator at the American University in Bulgaria.
- Body Image and Eating Disorders: Future Research Priorities
- Advances in Digital and Connected Health and Wellness
- Lecture 8 in the Centre for Health Policy's International Seminar Series
- Interview with Sarah Harris, associate producer at Maverick TV, for a documentary on body image for BBC3
- Social media and body image: A complicated relationship
- International Communication Research Journal (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
more professional activities
- Body Image and Social Media: Research and Practice in a Changing Environment
- Eckler, Petya (Principal Investigator) Tonner, Andrea (Co-investigator)
- The grant provided seed money for intensifying the impact of knowledge exchange activities related to my research on body image. Awarded £3,510.
- Period 01-Feb-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
- Exploring access to mental health care services for linguistically and culturally diverse patients
- Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Eckler, Petya (Co-investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Apr-2015
Journalism, Media and Communication
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