Ashley studies vaccine hesitancy and how message factors affect message reception and motivation towards behavioral change. As a member of The Change Making Media Center, Ashley has helped produce three short narrative films promoting COVID-19 vaccination: "Of Reasons and Rumors," "Happy Birthday, Granny," and "Team Player." Prior to her doctoral program, Ashley worked in health care operations. She holds a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and a Master of Public Health from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.