Virtual Seminar Series

The CHRC is pleased to welcome Dr. Nathan Walter and Dr. Jiyoung Lee as its Fall 2021 Virtual Seminar Series speakers.

Dr. Walter’s talk, “Making it Real: The Role of Parasocial Relationships in Enhancing Perceived Susceptibility and COVID-19 Protective Behavior,” was Friday, Oct. 22, 12-1 p.m. Click here to watch a recording of his presentation.

Dr. Lee’s talk “Emotion, Misinformation, and Deepfake about Health Risks” will be Friday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m.

To attend, register here. Following your registration, we will send you the Zoom link for the seminars.

About our speakers:

Nathan Walter is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. He is Founder and Director of the Center of Media Psychology and Social Influence (COM-PSI) and a faculty member at the Center for Communication and Health (CCH), both at Northwestern. Walter’s research concerns the evaluation of health messages, correction of misinformation, and the role of emotion and affect in social influence. His studies have been published in a number of leading outlets, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, and Communication Monographs. His most recent work, which is supported by the FDA, the Delaney Family Foundation, and the Peterson Foundation focus on novel methods to debunk misinformation and reduce health-related disparities.

Jiyoung Lee (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, Department of Journalism and Creative Media. Her research is at the heart of emerging media effects on persuasion communication. She studies human-computer interaction in the context of medical/risk (mis)information, how new media affect polarization primarily through emotions, and how media literacy interventions should be designed to engage the public in accurate information about health risks. One of her main recent projects examines multimodal misinformation and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled deepfake about health-risk-related issues. She won Top Paper Award at the International Communication Association (ICA), Communication and Technology (CAT) Division in 2021.