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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am a senior lecturer in Journalism and Creative Writing. 

My primary area of research is health communication through social media My latest study with colleagues in the United States is on Facebook use and body image.  I have also examined health-related peer-to-peer communication through online platforms and how it influences health attitudes and outcomes. And how hospitals in the United States use social media to communicate with their patients. I have also conducted research in international communication and advertising.

I work with various colleagues and groups on campus across faculties and am a member of the Steering Group of the interdisciplinary Centre for Health Policy, which is part of the International Public Policy Institute (IPPI). 

My professional experience includes working as an assistant editor, managing editor, health writer, reporter, and copy editor for various publications in the United States and Bulgaria, and as a public relations coordinator at the American University in Bulgaria.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Health communication
  • Social media
  • International communication 
  • Strategic communication/advertising 

Teaching Interests

  • Journalism 1b (first year) 
  • Journalism 2 (second year) 
  • Journalism Portfolio (fourth year, honours) 
  • Producing Media (post-graduate) 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Missouri

Master of Arts, University of Missouri

Bachelor of Arts, American University in Bulgaria


  • Health communication
  • Social media
  • Journalism
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • International
  • Advertising

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Social Media Medicine & Life Sciences
Body Image Medicine & Life Sciences
coverage Social Sciences
news Social Sciences
journalist Social Sciences
body image Social Sciences
leisure time Social Sciences
Hurricanes Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2014 2019

Body Image and Social Media: Research and Practice in a Changing Environment

Eckler, P., Tonner, A. & Cameron, J.


Project: Internally funded projectResearch (Internally Funded)

Research Output 2006 2017

6 Citations

Facebook use and negative body image among U.S. college women

Eckler, P., Kalyango Jr. , Y. & Paasch, E. 28 Feb 2017 In : Women & Health. 57, 2, p. 249-267 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
body image
Body Image
theory comparison
Social Media

The female body on social media

Eckler, P. & Kalyango Jr. , Y. 31 Mar 2017 Social Media: A Reference Handbook. Burns, K. S. (ed.). Goleta, CA: ABC-CLIO Greenwood, p. 139-145 7 p. (Contemporary World Issues)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Social Media
Female Body


2013 Outstanding Reviewer award

Petya Eckler (Recipient), 27 Mar 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Multimedia Publication of the Year

Petya Eckler (Recipient), 29 May 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2011 2017

European Researcher Night 2017

Tonner, A. (Presenter), Eckler, P. (Presenter)

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Vox pops of social media attitudes

Tonner, A. (Blogger), Eckler, P. (Blogger)

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation