Using Social Media to Save Lives
Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 3:30 AM to 5:30 AM (PDT)
Most people would never want to relive adolescence, but Dr. Megan Moreno’s research team
does it every day, by following the Facebook posts of hundreds of young adults who participate
in their research.
Dr. Moreno is a clinician in adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and principal
investigator for the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at Seattle
Children’s Research Institute. She is leading a study that evaluates how college students post
about their substance use on Facebook.
“Substance-related harm is one of the biggest causes of injury and death among college students,
and we think Facebook and other social media could be powerful tools to help us prevent it,”
Moreno says. The study already found clues on Facebook that predict alcohol dependence in
college freshman, and the work is paving the way for Moreno to use social media to address
other common problems affecting adolescents, like depression.
Join us at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 for this special event in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, brought to you by GeekWire and Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr. Moreno will present her findings, followed by a conversation with GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman.
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