Faculty Research Profile: Sara Champlin, Ph.D. | Mayborn School of Journalism

Faculty Research Profile: Sara Champlin, Ph.D.

Summer project funded by National Geographic (PI: Dr. Kelly Albus, Co-I: Dr. Lu Liang)

Mayborn School of Journalism undergraduate student, Jaelene Ramirez, created several short films about citizen science and empowerment in the context of air pollution. The films will be disseminated to middle school students, their teachers, and their families in Spanish and English. The screen shot above is from one of those videos.


Collaboration with the Center for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society (CREEHS)

Dr. Champlin is the Health Communication and Literacy Core Research Lead for CREEHS. She is currently working on a project that examines how information about food resources is disseminated in the 76104 zip code, an area of Fort Worth with the lowest life expectancy in Texas. In collaboration with Dr. Tony Carey (Political Science), we are working with Pastor K. Tatum of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church to foster culturally-tailored health literacy skills among residents of the 76104 to increase access to these vital resources, especially in the wake of COVID-19, where a growing number of programs are available.


Collaboration with the National Science Foundation

Collaborating with Shobhana Chelliah, associate dean and professor in the UNT Department of Linguistics -- along with Kelly Harper Berkson, an assistant professor of linguistics at Indiana University and Ken Van Bik, an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of California, Fullerton -- Champlin works on a project that aims to discover how to effectively communicate information about COVID-19 to refugees of Myanmar, who are members of the Chin language community. The research team, which recently received a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant for the project, is preparing to gather feedback from the minority language community through interviews and narratives, which Chelliah will linguistically analyze. Ultimately, those translations will be given to Champlin's students, who will create visual materials for Chin speakers.

Over the past year Champlin worked with local Texas governments/towns to evaluate how they disseminate information about COVID on their websites.


A Champion for Student Success

LUCAH ( Linguistically Underserved Communities and Health) Project Logo (left) by Mayborn School of Journalism student Jenny Rayshell.

Mayborn School of Journalism undergraduate student, Alondra Ortiz, worked to re-design these websites using user experience tools and best practices she learned while analyzing the existing content and interviewing local government communication directors.

Last semester Champlin established a lab to collaborate with our client, Denton County Public Health (DCPH), on the topic of men's health. Mayborn School of Journalism undergraduate students: Leonardo Rodriguez, Usama Kahn, and Bao Nguyen and Mayborn School of Journalism graduate student, Deken Taylor, led the exploration and development of social media content that engaged men in Denton County with DCPH's health services.

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