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Transforming Mental Health Care with Social Media
Social media platforms deeply intertwine with our lives. Dr. Munmun De Choudhury’s talk will demonstrate how social media supports mental wellbeing as both a sensor and a means of intervention. PyData Atlanta and Women Who Code Atlanta are excited to host Dr. Munmun De Choudhary from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. "Transforming Mental Health Care with Social Media" 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. About our speaker Munmun De Choudhury is an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where she directs the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab. She is also affiliated with the GVU Center. Munmun’s research interests are in computational social science, with a focus on assessing, understanding, and improving personal and societal mental health from online social interactions. Her work has been the recipient of ten best paper and honorable mention awards at premier conferences, has been supported by awards like the James Edenfield Faculty Fellowship and the Yahoo Faculty Engagement Award, and has also been extensively covered by popular press venues like the New York Times and the NPR. Earlier, Munmun was a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, a postdoc at Microsoft Research, and obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University. Would you like to give a lightning talk at this event? We are always looking for 5 min presentations about something cool that you're doing or learning about, whether you're a newb or experienced. Please fill out this short form (http://bit.ly/PyDataATL-lightning) and participate in the community! Read more about what we're looking for here (https://www.meetup.com/PyData-Atlanta/pages/20893440/Info_about_giving_a_lightning_talk/).

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