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Jessica’s work focuses on media messaging around and the Internet’s influence over two important domains of health behavior: sexual behavior and obesity. This is evident in her most recent project where she conducted a content analysis of web-based escort advertisements. Framed by sexual scripts theory, she explored a range of topics including self-presentation, risk management, and descriptions of the sex worker’s bodies. Her first paper from that data compares the use of risk management and client screening language across gender. She is turning her attention towards the relationship between sexuality and obesity. She interested in the media messaging about the sex lives of obese people and how this messaging impacts mental and physical health. Prior to her doctoral work, she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts in American Culture at the University of Michigan and a Master of Health Science in Health, Behavior, and Society from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Professionally, Jessica has worked as an HIV prevention health educator; a program assistant for an in-school project promoting healthy eating and exercise; and as a health educator for a school-based clinic. Most recently, Jessica worked as a project manager at the University of Michigan School of Public Health for a Ford Foundation funded research study examining the structural and attitudinal factors influencing sexual vulnerability among Detroit Youth. In her personal time she enjoys riding bikes, gardening, baking pies, and drinking Michigan beer.
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