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IBI/CIS Invited Seminar – Munmun De Choudhury, PhD
February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Munmun De Choudhury, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Transforming Mental Health Care with Social Media
Abstract: Social media platforms continue to deeply intertwine with our lives. In this talk I will present a body of work demonstrating how social media can serve two purposes supporting our mental wellbeing. First, employing social media as a passive “sensor” of behaviors, emotion, socialization, and linguistic expression, I will highlight a series of projects that enable fine-grained and proactive assessment of risk to conditions as diverse as depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress and anxiety. Second, I will talk about how several social media sites are purposefully and inadvertently providing an interventional platform, ranging from meeting support needs of vulnerable individuals, to enhancing therapeutic outcomes. Cross-cutting across this research agenda, I will discuss the broader implications for computing as well as mental health research and practice, and the ethical and privacy challenges we have encountered, what we have done about them, and what questions still remain. In conclusion, I will highlight three ongoing multi-institutional initiatives that define the next phase of this research program – one around addressing the mental health challenges of college students, a second around building a psychologically healthy and thriving workplace, and a third around improving how we clinically treat, intervene, and care for mental illness.