Agarwal is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Department of
Communication Arts in Salisbury University, Maryland, USA. She earned her Ph.D. in
Communication (Media, Technology, and Society) from Purdue University in 2009.
Professor Agarwal teaches courses on
social media in public
relations, strategic communication such as in
international public relations campaigns, and
communication technology, writing for
the professions, and communication research methods.
Dr. Agarwal's research interests focus on strategic communication
and message design in health and organizational contexts. In this area, she has
examined strategic message design in
preventive health behaviors such as breast cancer screening, maternal health,
and tanning bed use in undergraduates. Her organizational projects have focused
on understanding organizational identification and trust.
She has just completed data gathering for an
experimental study examining tanning behaviors in female undergraduate students
and is currently finishing up projects on resilience participation in
disaster-relief volunteering and maternal health in urban migrants in India
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