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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069

"Depression references on social media: New public health opportunities"



Megan A. Moreno, MD, MPH
Associate Professor


Dr. Moreno is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Washington and a researcher at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.  Dr. Moreno’s research focuses on ways in which technology can be used towards improving adolescent health with particular interests in social media.  She is the principal investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) whose staff and students include an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates, graduate and medical students, residents and fellows, postdocs and a rich alumnae network.  SMAHRT has three primary areas of focus: health representations on social media, problematic internet use (PIU) and internet safety.  Dr. Moreno’s team is currently conducting a NIDA-sponsored longitudinal multisite study of college students’ social media use as a mechanism of behavior change for substance use. 


Depression references on social media: New public health opportunities
Depression is common among the adolescent population and innovative approaches are needed to improve early identification and intervention.  The vast majority of college students use social media such as Facebook.  This presentation will describe displayed references to depression on social media through a brief overview of four studies, followed by a discussion of potential public health opportunities.

Suggested reading material:

Feeling Bad on Facebook: Depression Disclosures by College Students on a Social Networking Site

Book is coming out this month!
Sex, Drugs 'n Facebook . . .A Parent's Toolkit for Promoting Healthy Internet Use

Updated on September 23, 2013