She helped develop the Child Media Lab and the psychophysiology lab in the College's research center and has recently conducted several studies examining the effectiveness of video game devices in helping children at-risk for obesity become more physically active. She has developed several media and health literacy programs for area schools to help children learn how to become more proactive in their health and well-being. She developed an iPad app for use, which measures children’s food consumption and eating behavior, and has published several articles related to data collected from that app as part of a longitudinal study. She also serves on the editorial board of several journals within the discipline. She teaches graduate courses in research methods, mass communication theory, media effects, children and cognition, and health communication, as well as undergraduate courses in research methods, magazine design, and international journalism. She was awarded UA’s Blackmon Moody Award in 2015 and was also named at the University of Alabama’s SEC Professor of the Year.