Kimberly Embacher


M.A., University of Connecticut, 2015


Kim Embacher is a Health Communication Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at UConn. Kim’s primary research interests are centered around the promotion of healthy behaviors, media effects on body dissatisfaction, and new fitness technology. Her current research projects examine the use of new fitness technology (such as apps, wearables, equipment, etc.) as well as individual differences in its effects on motivation to exercise.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 1000: The Process of Communication
  • COMM 1100: Principles of Public Speaking
  • COMM 3000Q: Research Methods in Communication

Research Interests

  • Message framing and source credibility, and their effects on health behavior outcomes
  • Media effects on body image and reasons for exercising
  • Influencing intrinsic motivation to exercise
  • Use of new fitness technology (e.g., fitness trackers, health & fitness apps, immersive fitness technology)

Select Publications

Richards, K., McGloin, R., & Embacher, K. (2015). Increasing knowledge of diabetes through source expertise and perceived credibility. International Journal of Communication and Health, 6, 1-10.