Kimberly Embacher

Graduate Student, Communication (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My primary research interests are centered around the promotion of healthy behaviors, the relationship between media and body dissatisfaction and its subsequent effects on exercise motivations, and new mobile fitness technology. My current research projects examine 1) the use of mobile fitness technologies (such as apps, wearables, equipment, etc.) and individual differences in their effects on motivation to exercise; 2) how interactive fitness equipment can change exercise enjoyment, as well as other exercise outcomes; and 3) relationships between body dissatisfaction, exercise motivations, and exercise outcomes. Additionally, I am interested in the effects of message framing and source credibility on health behavior outcomes and intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations for exercise. In the past, I have also worked with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (previously the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory) on a research project aiming to motivate chemotherapy patients to increase their physical activity levels.


M.A., University of Connecticut (2015, Communication Theory)
B.A., University of Connecticut (2011, Communication Sciences)

Featured 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.

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