Kathryn Thier earned her B.A. in History from Brown University and her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication Science and Social Cognition. Before coming to the University of Maryland, she taught journalism and public relations for five years at the University of Oregon, where she co-founded The Catalyst Journalism Project, a research and teaching collaborative focused on the intersection of solutions and investigative journalism. Kathryn’s research interests include media effects of solutions journalism and health communication. She is a research assistant for Dr. Xiaoli Nan.