My current research focuses on constructive journalism.


Constructive journalism is an emerging style of journalism in which positive psychology and other behavioral science techniques are applied to news processes and production with the aim of engaging readers by creating more productive news stories, all while maintaining core journalistic functions like serving as a watchdog and remaining accountable.


Although studying the processes and effects of constructive journalism is the focus of my research, my research interests more broadly involve the processes and effects of digital media, especially as they relate to media psychology. My research is international and interdisciplinary. I have won several Top Paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and have published in journals such as Newspaper Research Journal and Electronic News.

My research is primarily quantitative, and I use multiple methods, including experiments, surveys, and content analyses.