Dr. Stevens will discuss the findings from her recent NIH funded studies that leveraged social media to investigate and predict HIV infections among sexual, racial and ethnic minorities. She will also invite discussion about the unintended consequences of adopting digital technologies, like social media mining, to achieve health equity for marginalized communities.
Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH is a health communication scholar focused on achieving health equity in African American and Latinx communities. She examines youth risk and health behavior in the context of the digital neighborhood.
Dr. Stevens uses digital epidemiology to investigate social media’s effects on substance use, sexual risk behavior, and mental health. Her community-engaged research seeks ways to use data science to improve the health and well-being of youth.
Dr. Stevens is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab. She received her AB from Harvard College, MPH from the University of Michigan, and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is a Senior Fellow at the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives, Critical Race and Digital Studies Working group, and a proud Philadelphian.