In September 2016 I am traveling to Europe to present at three conferences – the International Vaccine Congress in Amsterdam; the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) in Heidelberg, Germany; and the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) Conference  in Groningen, the Netherlands. In between my husband and I will go visit family and friends in the Netherlands, which makes this trip a wonderful mixture of research and vacation!


Since I am moving this blog to my new research website, I figured a re-introduction may be appropriate. I am a Ph.D. student in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University – I passed my written comprehensive exams this past summer and am defending my dissertation proposal in a few weeks. I am originally from the Netherlands, where my first forays into academic resulted in a B.S. and M.S. in Health Sciences from Maastricht University. After moving to the United States, I received an M.P.S. in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University.

My research agenda focuses on the use of social media and mobile technology in health communications, and my recent work includes the use of visual social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest in the area of mHealth, eHealth and social media. I have presented more than 25 papers at national and international conferences, such as the International Communications Association (ICA) conference, the DC Health Communication (DCHC) conference, the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), and the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. In addition, I have published peer-reviewed articles in Vaccine, the Journal of Social Marketing, Health Communication, Public Relations Review, and others.