Stephanie Meier

Stephanie Meier, MA, is a first-year dual-degree student pursuing a doctorate in the Department of Consumer Science Health Disparities Research Lab and a Masters in Public Health from the Public Health Graduate Program. Her research interests include shared decision-making during clinical consultations, health care access, and contraceptive use dynamics.

Under the direction of long-time mentor, Dr. Andrea DeMaria, Stephanie has explored increasing contraceptive uptake through formative research and theory-based communication and behavior change campaigns, including an on-campus campaign to improve long-acting reversible contraception adoption. Additionally, her previous research has explored utilizing a telehealth model to improve women’s reproductive health care access. Stephanie also assisted in completing an oral history research project examining women’s reproductive health across the lifespan, a project which included interviews with 70 women across the state of South Carolina. From this data, she completed her master’s thesis investigating shared decision-making during contraceptive consultations. Each of these research projects has resulted in multiple presentation and publication opportunities. Stephanie has received three consecutive oral presentations at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and has published in multiple journals, including the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives and Health Behavior and Policy Review.

In 2017, Stephanie was honored to receive the Ross Fellowship, awarded to recruit outstanding PhD-track students to Purdue University. She is excited for the opportunity to explore and grow in her scholarly pursuits as a Ross Fellow.

As a doctoral student and throughout her career, Stephanie will continue to improve individuals’ access to care by investigating the intersection of communication, public health, and health disparities, while bridging the gap between theory and practice. 

Stephanie completed her MA in Communication at the College of Charleston in 2017, where she served as graduate research assistant on an interdisciplinary research team. She obtained a BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish in 2015 from the Honors College at the College of Charleston.  

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