Lindsey Rodriguez, PhD
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
I have found that promoting research on television, radio, social media, and the internet more broadly has been successful in engaging the community. Researching alcohol and substance use and romantic relationships is a topic with which many (if not most) people have experience and can identify. I recently promoted my research on television (Fox News Morning Show) and radio (WUSF/WEDU). I was excited to see that after both segments went live, I received emails from people all over the community asking for additional resources. I was happy to point them in the right direction each time. I also have a research-based Facebook page – Life Lessons with Dr. Lindsey Rodriguez – that showcases research on life and love and is written in a way that is easy for readers to digest. Finally, contributing for Scienceofrelationships.com has been a wonderful resource to get easy-to-read empirical information out to the community. We are hoping to get people away from reading Cosmopolitan magazine or Yahoo questions when they have an inquiry about a relationship topic! In conclusion, showcasing research across electronic media sources – television, radio, social media, and the internet -- leverages tremendous opportunities to engage people across the community and society at large.