My name is Kaitlin Costello, and I am a doctoral candidate in information science at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My advisor and dissertation chair is Dr. Barbara Wildemuth; my dissertation committee is comprised of Dr. Wildemuth, Dr. Gary Marchionini, and Dr. Claudia Gollop - all from UNC-SILS; Dr. Mi-Kyung Song, from UNC's School of Nursing; and Dr. Tiffany Veinot from the University of Michigan iSchool.
I am interested in health information behavior on the social web. I am currently working on my dissertation, a grounded theory study tentatively titled Investigating information seeking and disclosure in online support groups for chronic kidney disease. In this study, I am interviewing approximately 20 people about their online health information behaviors and harvesting their online content in order to illuminate the link between information seeking, information sharing, and personal health information disclosure.