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My major research interest is the impact of stories on attitudes,
beliefs, self-concept, and behaviors. My work examines the processes
of story-based belief change, the role of identification with
characters, the impact that stories have on behavior, and how these
effects might occur outside viewers' conscious awareness. I am
primarily interested in health-related outcomes; current research
includes studies on how watching risk behavior in movies might
influence viewers' own risk behaviors.
My work has appeared at national and international conferences, and
has been published in journals including Addiction, the American
Journal of Preventive Medicine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent
Medicine, Health Psychology, Journal of Health Communication, Journal
of Neuroscience, Psychological Science, Psychology of Popular Media
Culture, and Tobacco Control.