Spring Virtual Seminar Series Speakers Announced
The CHRC is pleased to welcome Dr. Shawnika Hull and Dr. Emily Vraga as its Spring 2022 Virtual Seminar Series speakers.
Dr. Hull’s talk, “Masks Are the New Condoms: Health Communication, Intersectionality and Racial Equity in COVID-Times,” will be Friday, March 18, 12-1 p.m.
Dr. Vraga’s talk “Working Together: How to Correct Health Misinformation on Social Media” will be Friday, April 22, 12-1 p.m.
To attend, register here. Following your registration, we will send you the Zoom link for the seminars.
About our speakers:
Dr. Shawnika Hill (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) focuses on reducing racial inequities in HIV incidence through community-engaged, applied communication science. She develops, implements, and evaluates theoretically grounded communication interventions focused on impacting individual and social-structural barriers to HIV prevention. This research is informed by and developed in close collaboration with community partners. Her expertise includes qualitative (i.e. focus groups) and quantitative (i.e. surveys, experiments) data collection and analytical methods. Her research has been funded through various institutional, non-profit (i.e., MAC AIDS Fund) and governmental mechanisms (i.e., NIH, CDC) and published in communication and public health journals. Her rigorous, theoretically grounded, collaborative approach to research informs health communication theorizing and practice. Hull is currently a Visiting Professor in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Emily Vraga (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison) is an associate professor in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the Don and Carole Larson Professorship in Health Communication. Her research focuses on how individuals respond to news and information about contentious health, scientific, and political issues in digital environments. She studies how to (1) detect and correct misinformation via social media, especially on health topics, (2) use news media literacy messages to limit biased processing and improve news consumption habits, (3) encourage attention to higher quality and more diverse online content. She prioritizes using diverse and novel methodologies to better match an evolving hybrid media environment.