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My research program examines the role of cultural belief systems (e.g., religion, environmental beliefs, health care culture, cultures of vulnerability, celebrity culture) in shaping consumer behavior and well-being. I conduct this multi-method research in important substantive domains such as health care, pro-environmental behavior, food and health, media, and vulnerable communities. Through my research, I aim to promote consumer, provider, societal, and environmental well-being via consumer confessions, food morality, health care interactions and policies, and retail configurations.

My co-authors and I have presented our research at top consumer, marketing, and service research conferences, including the Association for Consumer Research Conference, Society for Consumer Psychology Conference, Marketing & Public Policy Conference, American Marketing Association Summer Educators Conference, and QUIS Conference (International Research Symposium on Service Excellence in Management). Additionally, I currently have a forthcoming article at the Journal of Consumer Psychology (“The Effect of Religion on Consumer Behavior: A Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda,” Daniele Mathras, Adam B. Cohen, Naomi Mandel, and David Glen Mick). I also co-authored a paper published in 2014 in the Journal of Marketing Management (“Moralities in food and health research” with participants of the 2013 Transformative Consumer Research Conference Health & Nutrition Track, chaired by Søren Askegaard and Nailya Ordabayeva). Together with co-authors, I am currently preparing additional manuscripts for submission to the Journal of Consumer ResearchJournal of Marketing, and the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.