Mark Flynn is an assistant professor in the the Department of Communication at Coastal Carolina University. His research interests are primarily in the area of Health Communication and include media portrayals of health issues, social network sites and health behavior, and body image and eating disorders. He received a B.A. in Communication from Roger Williams University and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University.