I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, hoping to graduate in May 2019. My research focuses on the strategic communication of health information to the public. I utilize foundational approaches to strategic communication—audience segmentation/targeting and message development/testing—to engage pressing issues in health communication. My primary research program investigates the persuasive impact of visual message features on knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in the context of cancer prevention and control. My dissertation reports three studies—a meta-analysis, a large sample experimental survey study, and a lab study utilizing physiological measures—that provide a foundation for this program.
I am a recipient of a prestigious 2018-2019 Steffensen Cannon Fellowship, awarded by the Graduate School at the University of Utah. I have co-authored several articles published within and outside the discipline, in journals such as Journal of Health Communication, Risk Analysis, and Journal of Dermatological Science.
I also have substantial teaching experience in courses such as Strategic Communication, Quantitative Research Methods, and Visual Editing. I aim to instill creativity and self-reliance in students by incorporating practical application and professional development in my courses.
I hold a Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Utah. Prior to moving to the United States, I worked as a nursing instructor in Nepal. I also gained experience working in rural Nepal advocating preventive health care and providing training to local healthcare providers as a field officer in a non-governmental organization.
In my spare time, I enjoy camping, cooking, and travelling to new places.