I am an associate professor at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at the Pennsylvania State University. I am also a co-funded faculty member of Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, I received my Ph.D. in Mass Communication and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 and worked as an assistant professor at Indiana University from 2013-2017. I study media processes and effects related to emotions and beneficial outcomes for individuals and societies, such as improved health behaviors, decreased stigma toward outgroups, and increased civic engagement with environmental issues. Prior to entering academia, I was a journalists at a public television and radio station reporting on issues related to health and the environment.