Social Networks and Health

Electronic health (or “eHealth”) interventions show great promise for improving health outcomes. Examining behavioral, linguistic, and social-network usage data for these interventions are key to understanding their health-promotion benefits.

In collaborative work published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, we explore the health-promoting effects of a mobile social network intervention for cancer survivors. Our results suggest that different channels of communication (e.g., blog, chat, etc.) attract distinct types of users. We also see an association between channel membership and more time spent engaging with coping skill exercises. Please see my publication list for a link (gated, unfortunately) to the article.

This research project was supported by National Institutes of Health Grant #5R21CA166029. I was a research assistant for the duration, and I continue to work on the project.