Speaker Series 2014: Mental Health Narratives in Social Media

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Event Date: April 29, 2014 - 2 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Ryan Lounge
Event Cost: FREE

The Mauricio Gastón Institute For Latino Community Development And Public Policy presents:

Speaker Series Spring 2014: "Exploring the Influence of Personalized Mental Health Narratives in Social Media", by Jessie Quintero Johnson

This presentation investigates benefits and limitations of using social media for the purpose of influencing public health. Online media play a significant role in shaping users’ health, but few studies focus on the influence of health discourse in social media platforms. This study explores how the presentation of educational messages about mental health in social media affect college students’ health information recall, beliefs and attitudes about mental health, and their behavioral intentions to seek mental health treatment.

Dr. Jessie Quintero Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at UMass Boston. She earned a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and specializes in health and mass communication.

Light refreshments will be served.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.