Health Equity & Media Lab

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Ongoing Projects

Social Media and Risk Behavior in Youth

This line of research seeks to leverage the power of Big Data to plan targeted interventions for high-risk youth. Our lab analyzes identifies, classifies, and analyzes risky content in social media posts and investigates the associations between those posts and how youth behave offline. 

Social Change and Depression of Social Media

Integrating insights from our lab's prior social media research, the social context of contemporary race relations & media coverage, and the well-researched positive relationship between depression and risky behavior, this project aims to triangulate social media language that refers to drug use/abuse and uses depressive language.