New Publication!

Check out my chapter with Dr. Nancy Rhodes in the Routledge Handbook of Communication & Bullying, edited by Drs. Richard West & Christina Beck. Our chapter titled “Defining Cyberbullying: Analyzing Content and Audience Reaction to Anti-Bullying Public Service Announcements” analyzed pre-test post-test data from focus group participants who watched anti-bullying PSAs.

Recent News

Continuing in Wittenberg University Department of Communication

I am happy to announce I have accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. This fall I am teaching COMM120S (TV: The Medium, Industry, & its Effects), COMM300Z (Quantitative Research Methods), and COMM350 (Social Media & its Applications). In Spring 2018, I’ll be teach both 300Z and 350 again, adding COMM200 (Introduction to Communication Studies).

National Communication Association Annual Meeting – Salt Lake City, UT

I throughly enjoyed presenting and attending the 104th Annual NCA conference in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT. The NCA Anti-Bullying Taskforce held a day-long in-service day at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, I lead a pre-conference workshop with experts in cyberbullying, and staying true to the conference theme of ‘play,’ I had lots of fun presenting my research in mass media, engaging students with social media history, and introducing a recent Wittenberg alum to the research environment. Feel free to contact me for copies of any presentations or papers.



I am an Assistant Professor of Communication at Wittenberg University. Prior to, and during, my graduate career, I have taught as an independent instructor and served as a teaching assistant. I have independently taught communication technology courses such as Social Media, Social Implications of Technology, and Introduction to Communication Technology. I have also taught, Industry Research Methods and Public Speaking. I aim to create an inclusive, accessible learning environment teaching students necessary skills no matter where their paths may take them. Learn more about my teaching.

My research program area of interest examines cyberbystander behavior and cyberbullying from a variety of angles. In my experimental research, I use communication theories (e.g., Hyperpersonal Model, SIDE) and classic social psychological models (e.g., the Bystander Intervention Model, Social Impact Theory) in order to understand the boundary conditions of cyberbystander behavior. My experiments not only investigate whether communication takes place, but what and how that communication occurs. My dissertation centered on the diffusion of social risk or responsibility among cyberbystanders to cyberbullying.

I also aim to understand the role mass media plays in modeling and educating cyberbystanders in appropriate responses (or non-response). To do so, I study depictions of bullying and bystander behavior on television, “Be More Than a Bystander” persuasive health campaigns, as well as mass media coverage of cyberbullying as a public health threat. I currently have projects examining how the public discusses high profile incidents of bullying featured in the mass media.

I received my BA in psychology from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) in 2000 and my MA in psychology from Vermont College at The Union Institute in 2002, advised by Dr. Fenigstein. For ten years I served as a grant writer and coordinator, and coordinated research projects and programs in a variety of settings (e.g., mental health, genetics and psychoses, special education, biomedical research, medical student research and scholarships) prior to returning to complete my education. I received my PhD in Communication from The Ohio State University in May 2016, under the advisement of Dr. Brad Bushman.


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