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.

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” was Friday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m. Click here to watch a recording of her presentation.

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.