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Two Newest Science and Health Communication Research Group Members Present at Final Meeting of the YearSouthwell

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health, and Dr. Brooke Weberling, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, presented their research on April 23, the final SHCRG meeting of the year.

Dr. Turner-McGrievy’s presentation focused on the use of podcasting as a method to deliver health behavior intervention, specifically associated with weight loss.

“It’s important to know that a health communication intervention was effective but we also need to know why it was effective,” said Turner-McGrievy. “Including a strong theoretical base when designing our interventions, drawing on the health communication literature, allows us to go back and assess potential theoretical mediators of health outcomes and behavior change.”

Dr. Weberling presented on the understanding of nonprofit communication, participation and support and focused on her recent research on the motives for participating in Relay for Life, a community event benefiting the American Cancer Society that celebrates the lives of cancer victims and survivors and raises funds and awareness for cancer research and treatment.

Southwell“It was great to present to a group of motivated researchers who share similar interests and the ultimate goal of improving health,” said Weberling. “I hope it will result in continued collaboration, and I look forward to future research projects among the group.”

Both presenters are assistant professors and joined their respective departments in fall 2011. Dr. McGrievy has a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Dr. Weberling holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Dr. Turner-McGrievy’s research interests include exploring the use of emerging technologies to communicate theory-based health messages, particularly around weight loss. Dr. Weberling is interested in nonprofit public relations and health communication, including media advocacy, funding issues, and strategies to increase stakeholder support.

 
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