The theme of the 2023 annual virtual CHASM conference is “Health is Social: Leveraging the Metaverse to Improve Public Health.” A theme throughout the conference will be the role of social connectedness in health and ways we can leverage the metaverse to strengthen social ties, social support, and tilt social norms toward healthy choices, healthy lifestyles, and healthy communities. This conference will feature keynote speakers and panelists who are studying and innovating tools of the metaverse, including social media, virtual reality, and digital technologies to help us connect in ways that solve health problems. Registration is now open.

Day 1, Thursday, May 18, 2023


12:00 - 12:45 PM Welcome and Opening Keynote


Sherry Pagoto, PhD, Director, UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media; Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Institute of Collaborations in Health, Interventions, and Policy, University of Connecticut

Health Promotion in the Era of Social Media: the Case Study of Vaccines

Lorien Abroms, ScD, MA, Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health; Associate Dean for Ph.D. & MS Studies, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Learn more about Dr. Abroms

Dr. Lorien Abroms is a behavioral scientist and professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She also serves as the Co-director of GW’s Bright Institute and Public Health & Governance Cluster Lead at GW’s Institute for Data Democracy and Politics.

Dr. Abroms' career focuses on the intersection of digital communication technologies and health promotion. She has developed and evaluated mobile apps and text messaging programs for smoking cessation, including for special populations such as pregnant women and HIV+ individuals, and in several countries such as Vietnam, India and Israel. Her programs have been widely disseminated with Text2Quit offered through US quitlines and SmokefreeMom offered through the US National Cancer Institute’s Her recent research is focused on health promotion on social media, as well as promoting vaccine uptake and countering vaccine misinformation on social media.

12:45 - 1:20 PM Keynote

Beyond the ‘Like’: Building Trust in the Social Media Era

Aleksandra Kuzmanovic, Leadership Social Media Manager at the World Health Organization

Learn more about Aleksandra Kuzmanovic

Aleksandra Kuzmanovic serves as Leadership Social Media Manager at the World Health Organization. In this role she is supporting and advising the WHO Director-General and the Organization's senior leadership on social media activities. She is also leading WHO's partnerships with social media platforms, including those focused on fighting health mis- and dis-information. Together with the corporate social media team, she co-manages WHO's presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest and Snapchat.

Previous to this role, Ms Kuzmanovic served as WHO Communications Consultant in the Department of Public Health and Environment. She joined WHO in 2015.

Aleksandra holds a Master of Arts in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Bachelor of Engineer in Management from Belgrade University, Serbia.

1:30 - 2:20 PM Paper Session

Paper Discussions

A Systematic Review of Risks and Opportunities for Youth Mental Health within the Developing Metaverse

Madison E. Taylor, Graduate Student, University of California - Irvine

Using the behavior change wheel for the development of a digitally delivered cooking intervention to improve cooking skills in adults

Susan Veldheer, DEd, RD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine

Use of Facebook Groups to Improve Physical Activity and Sleep with Mid-Life Adults: Descriptive Analysis of User Engagement, Posts, and Interviews

Peter Giacobbi, Ph.D, Professor of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology at West Virginia University

2:20 - 3:00 PM Panel Discussion

How Can Public Health Better Utilize Social Media? Challenges and Opportunities

In this panel, three highly accomplished social media researchers will reflect on how we can advance public health via social media. While social media platforms often to blame for health misinformation, FOMO, depression, anxiety, and a host of other issues, we hear far less about ways these platforms are being used to advance public health. This panel will discuss their work leveraging social media for cancer prevention, vaccine acceptance, healthy lifestyle, and more, and they will reflect on both the challenges and opportunities to using social media as an important tool for promoting public health.

Y. Alicia Hong, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Administration and Policy, College of Public Health, George Mason University

David Buller, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director of Research, Klein Buendel, Inc.

Eleni Linos MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology, Stanford University

Learn more about our panelists

Y. Alicia Hong, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Administration and Policy, College of Public Health, George Mason University

Dr. Y. Alicia Hong’s current research interests include: 1) Implementation science of digitalization of evidence-based programs for wider dissemination in underserved populations, 2) personalized behavioral intervention, and 3) patient engagement and patient-provider communication in eHealth settings.

Dr. Hong has served as PI, Co-PI, or sub-PI in more than 20 large research projects funded by HHS-OMH, NIH, CDC, HRSA, and private foundations. She has published 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles, and served in grant review panels for NIH, NSF, HRSA, and international organizations. Hong has taught graduate courses on social determinants of health, program planning and evaluation, research methods, mHealth, behavioral intervention, and comparative global health systems.


David Buller, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director of Research, Klein Buendel, Inc.

Dr. David Buller is a Senior Scientist and Director of Research at Klein Buendel. After earning his PhD from Michigan State University, he was hired as an Assistant Professor for Texas Tech University's Department of Speech Communication. In 1986, he joined the faculty in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona where he was promoted from Assistant to Associate to Professor of Communication. In 1997, he moved to Colorado to become a Senior Scientist at AMC Cancer Research Center (1997-2002) and later the Harold Simmons Senior Scientist for Health Communication at the Cooper Institute (2002-2005). Dave joined Klein Buendel in 2005. Dave's health communication research focuses on occupational, school, and community interventions to increase sun protection, market-place efforts to control access to alcohol and cannabis, and strategies to improve dietary behavior and physical activity and reduce the use of tobacco and alcohol, using interpersonal, media, and technology-based interventions.


Eleni Linos MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology, Stanford University

Eleni Linos MD, MPH, DrPH, is Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology at Stanford University.  Dr. Linos’ work focuses on public health, technology, cancer prevention and the care of older adults. Dr. Linos is dually trained in epidemiology and dermatology and is the principal investigator of several NIH funded studies aimed at improving the lives of patients. She received her medical degree from Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK, then completed a masters and doctoral degree in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in Dermatology at Stanford University.

3:00 - 3:40 PM Video Poster Session

Video Poster Session

In this session, attendees will be put into breakout groups by topic to watch short poster videos and engage with the presenters. Don’t miss the stimulating discussions in these small groups which provide an excellent opportunity for networking and building collaborations. Videos for Day 1 breakout sessions are listed below, by topic.

Mental Health

Implementation of Digital Mental Health: The Keys to Maximizing User Engagement

Chloe Nicksic Sigmon, Ph.D; Debbie Boeldt, Ph.D; Sarah Rimel, MPH; Dina Bam, MPH
VXVY Mental Health, Inc.

Prototyping an Alcohol Harm Prevention Game for Youth Populations

Joshua Rigsby, BA; Veronica Weser, PhD; Justin Berry, PhD; Jake Shaker, BA; Kimberly Hieftje, PhD
Yale School of Medicine

Predicting depression symptomatology severity using sleep data as a digital biomarker

Parit Patel 1, Chinmaey Shende 2, Bing Wang 2, and Jayesh Kamath 1.
1 University of Connecticut, Department of Psychiatry.
2 University of Connecticut, Department of Computer Science and Engineering."

Pilot study to evaluate a digital game to prevent suicide in adolescents who misuse substances in the United States

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, Ed.D., LPC 1; Francesca Giannattasio, B.S. 1; Trucy Truong-Phan 1; Ashley Hagaman, PhD, MPH 2; Kammarauche Aneni, M.D., M.H.S. 1; Kimberly Hieftje, PhD 1; Hilary P. Blumberg, M.D. 1; Lynn E. Fiellin, M.D. 1
1 Yale University School of Medicine
2 Yale School of Public Health

Online Health (Mis)Information

How does active and passive health information consumption impact intentions of pro-health behaviors? The role of engagement and cognitive elaboration.

Anna Young, MS 1; Paula McDowell Kalksma, MS 1; Jonathan Moore, MBA 2
1 Student Health and Wellness, University of Connecticut
2 School of Business, University of Connecticut

Adapting of the Online Cancer Misinformation (OnC-M) Framework to Characterize Lived Experiences of Cancer Patients and Caregivers with Cancer-related information on Social Media Platforms

Ida Tovar BS 1,2, Cindy Turner BA 1,2, Margaret Raber, DrPH 3, Skyler Johnson, MD 2,4, Andy J. King, PhD 2,5, Echo L. Warner, PhD, MPH 1,2
1University of Utah, College of Nursing
2Huntsman Cancer Institute, Cancer Control and Population Sciences
3MD Anderson Cancer Center
4University of Utah, Department of Radiation Oncology
5University of Utah, Department of Communication

Role of information source and distributor in perception of health-related messages in social media

Dr. Ksenia Eritsyan and Nikita Sharin
HSE University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Older Immigrants in the Digital Age -A preliminary assessment of older Chinese Americans on their use of information & communication technologies

Lingling Zhang ScD, FAMIA, Jan Mutchler PhD, Sun Kim PhD, Yao Zhang MMed, Kunyu Zhang MS, Katherine Richman PhD, Wuyi Dong MS, Hua Chen, Heiman Chan
University of Massachusetts Boston

Evaluating the readability and reliability of online information about medical cannabis for chronic pain

Reagan Sharp MS, Elizabeth Steele MS, Patricia Dekeseredy MScN RN, Treah Haggerty MD MS, Cara l Sedney MD MA,
School of Medicine, West Virginia University

Understanding the behavior of posting health-related content on Facebook: A cross-sectional survey study

Richard Bannor, MPH, Ran Xu, PhD, Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut

"You don't know where to find the original honest information." How consumers evaluate Arabic OHI content

Saffanah Alturkistani, MSc 1,2, Fiona L Hamilton, PhD 1,Henry Goodfellow, PhD 1, Fiona A Stevenson, PhD 1
1 University College London
2 Umm Al Qura University

Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence

Health Data Privacy with Decentralized Learning: A Systematic Review Protocol

Jose Miguel Diniz 1,2,3, Henrique Vasconcelos, Júlio Souza 1,2, Rita RB-Silva 1,2, Carolina Ameijeiras-Rodriguez 1,2, Alberto Freitas 1,2
1 MEDCIDS - Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
2 CINTESIS - Centre for Health Technology and Services Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
3 PhD Programme in Health Data Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Developing an Educational VR Intervention to Reduce Weight Bias: Exploring the Role of Empathy

Kaylee Foor, B.S. 1; Junhan Chen, Ph.D. 1; Alison Jane Martingano, Ph.D. 2; Siri Ravuri, B.S. 1; Christopher Fortney, B.A. 1; Susan Persky, Ph.D. 1
1 National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
2 University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Virtual Reality: Transforming Research and Communication Campaigns for the Future.

Eugy Han 1, Kristine Nowak 2, Jeremy N Bailenson 1
1 Stanford University
2 University of Connecticut

Tell Me a Joke about an Older Adult: How ChatGPT Perpetuates Stereotype

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM; Meredith Steinfeldt, MPH
Tufts University School of Medicine

The Effect of Remote Exercise Interventions on Physical Activity, Functional Mobility and Gait among Adults with Parkinson Disease

Paria Darbandsari
University of Connecticut

Mobile Apps

FM Engage: Designing a digital health app to facilitate farmers market use among SNAP parents

Callie Ogland-Hand, BA; Owusua Yamoah, PhD, MA; Katie Poppe, MPH, RDN; Jillian Schulte, MA; Tim Ciesielski, ScD, MD, MPH; Regan Gee, MSc; Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH
Mary Ann Swetland Center, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

The Use of Digital Platforms to Support Women with PCOS: A Scoping Review

Charlotte Burts
University of South Carolina Honors College

Designing a mHealth App-Based Intervention to Address the Harm Reduction Needs of Malaysian Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Who Engage in Chemsex: Findings from a Qualitative Study

Christopher Uyar, Francesca Maviglia, Nicholas Copenhaver, Olivia Kennedy, Kamal Gautam, Lindsay Palmer, Jeffery Wickersham, Roman Shrestha
University of Connecticut

User Engagement with mHealth Interventions to Promote Treatment Adherence and Self-Management in People with Chronic Health Conditions: A Systematic Review

Cyd Eaton, PhD, Natalie Vallejo, Xiomara McDonald, Jasmine Wu, Rosa Rodríguez, BS, Nishanth Muthusamy, BS, & Kristin Riekert, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Evaluation of mHealth Apps for Trustworthiness Features

Joan Tejera 1, Swapna S. Gokhale 1, Elizabeth S. Gromisch 2, 3, 4
1 Computer Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut
2 Mandell Center for MS, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
3 University of Connecticut School of Medicine
4 Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Usability and Acceptability of the Chemsex Prevention Package (“PartyPack”): mHealth-Delivered Sexual Harm Reduction Tool for Men Who Have Sex with Men in Malaysia

Kamal Gautam1, Kiran Paudel1, Jerome Seong-Bin Jacobs1 Jeffrey A. Wickersham2,3, Wan Mohd Ikhtiaruddin3, Iskandar Azwa3,4, Rumana Saifi3, Lim H. Sim3,5, Roman Shrestha1,2,3
1 Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
2 AIDS Program, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
3 Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA), Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5 Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Digital technologies to reach rural communities to improve their drinking water

Miao Zhao, Doug McGirr, Veronica Irvin, Kim Brown, Diana Rohlman, Chrissy Lucas-Woodruff, Molly Kile
Global Nutrition Empowerment

Health is Social: Patients Online

Medication Adherence on TikTok: Adding Education to Humor and Gamification

Deelia Wang 1, Tori Martel, MPH 2, Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM 3
1 Tufts University
2 Allergy & Asthma Network
3 Tufts University School of Medicine

The Use of Social Media to Express and Manage Medical Uncertainty in Dyskeratosis Congenita

Emily Pearce¹, Hannah Raj¹,², Ngozika Emezienna¹, Melissa B. Gilkey³, Allison J. Lazard⁴, Kurt M. Ribisl³, Sharon A. Savage¹, Paul Han⁵
¹Clinical Genetics Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
²Team Telomere, 1801 North 3rd Street, Suite #7, Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83814, USA
³Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 135 Dauer Drive, 302 Rosenau Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7440, USA
⁴UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
⁵Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA

Utilizing Social Media to Understand Patients in Marginalized Communities: An Analysis of Traction Alopecia Content on TikTok

Iesha L Ticknor, BS 1, Diana Kneiber, MD 2, Jingyun Gao, MD 2
1 Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
2 Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Dermatology

Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome are reluctant to post on Social Media

Nayiri Derian, M.D. 1; Johannes Massell 2; Archana Ramalingam, M.D. 1; Tewodros Ayele, M.D. 1; Ean Bills 3; Miranda A.L. van Tilburg, PhD 1
1 Marshall Health, Department of Internal Medicine, United States
2 University of Basel, Department of Clinical Psychology and Epidemiology, Switzerland
3 Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, United States

Social Media and Body Dissatisfaction: Comparisons across the lines of gender and race in Western countries

Saumya Shah
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

4:30-6:00 PM Optional Workshop

Managing Engagement Data from Facebook Delivered Interventions

In this workshop, participants will learn the complex process of how to collect, extract, and manage engagement data from interventions delivered in private Facebook groups. The workshop will cover how to use Grytics (engagement data extraction software), how to process the data from Grytics to Redcap to SPSS, and how to summarize and analyze the data in manuscript. This workshop will focus on producing individual-level engagement data, which are not accessible on Facebook insights, to gain a deeper understanding of intervention effect.

Christie Idiong, MS, Graduate Student, Center for mHealth and Social Media, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut

Richard Bannor, MPH, Graduate Student, Center for mHealth and Social Media, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut

Joseph DiVito, Research Coordinator, Center for mHealth and Social Media, University of Connecticut

Day 2, Friday, May 19, 2023

10:00-11:30 AM Optional Workshop

How to Use Facebook to Deliver a Health Promotion Intervention

In this workshop, participants will learn how to convert their intervention protocols for delivery in private Facebook groups. The workshop will cover: converting traditional intervention content into social media posts, developing and maintaining a content library, understanding platform norms, creating an engagement protocol, branding and design, and lessons learned.

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, Director, UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media; Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Institute of Collaborations in Health, Interventions, and Policy, University of Connecticut

Natalie Lueders, MPH, Consultant, Center for mHealth and Social Media, University of Connecticut; Owner, Natalie Lueders Marketing and Graphic Design

12:00 - 12:35 PM Welcome and Opening Keynote

Health is Social: The Long Term Health Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University

Learn more about Dr. Holt-Lunstad

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, where she was recently named the Martin B Hickman Outstanding Scholar and is also the director of the social neuroscience lab. She also has an adjunct professorship at Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute Swinburne University of Technology; Melbourne, Australia; and the founding Scientific Chair for the US Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness and the Foundation for Social Connection.

Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection and her work has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality. Her program of research takes an interdisciplinary and multi-level approach to understanding the associations between social relationships and long-term health outcomes, factors that may moderate the association, and the biological (autonomic, neuroendocrine, gene) pathways by which these associations occur. She has also recently begun work that examines how social relationships may be utilized in interventions to potentially reduce risk.

Dr. Holt-Lunstad has worked with government organizations aimed at addressing this issue. She has provided expert testimony in a US Congressional Hearing, expert recommendations for the US Surgeon General Emotional Well-Being in America Initiative, served as a member of the scientific advisory committee for the UK Cross Departmental Loneliness Team, and a member of a National Academy of Sciences Engineering & Medicine consensus committee, and the US Administration for Community Living. She also serves as a scientific advisor for several organizations across sectors. She has been awarded the George A. Miller Award from the American Psychological Association, Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Research Award, Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award, Marjorie Pay Hinkley Endowed Chair Research Award from BYU, and is a Fellow for the Association of Psychological Science and American Psychological Association. Her work has been highlighted in the BBC 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015 and has been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, The Today Show, and other major media outlets.

12:35 - 1:10 PM  Keynote

Virtual Reality-Based Digital Therapeutics: The past, present, and future

Risa Weisberg, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, BehaVR; Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Learn more about Dr. Weisberg

Dr. Risa Weisberg is the Chief Clinical Officer at BehaVR, Inc, a virtual reality based-digital therapeutics company. In this role, she is responsible for the clinical content of BehaVR’s products as well as the company’s research strategy. Dr. Weisberg has devoted her career to developing and scientifically testing scalable interventions for common behavioral health problems. Her mission is to expand the reach of high-quality, science-based behavioral health treatment.
Dr. Weisberg has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany. She completed a doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. She is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapies. Much of her work has focused on the integration of behavioral health and primary care. As such, Dr. Weisberg has broad experience in treatment development and implementation for common behavioral health problems including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, substance use disorder, and adaptation to living with other chronic medical difficulties. Her research has been funded by over 20 grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Veterans Administration, and numerous foundations.
Dr. Weisberg was previously the Assistant Chief of Psychology at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where she also directed the Psychology Internship Training Program. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and a Fellow and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She is a former member of the Board of Directors for both ADAA and ABCT. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and their seriously spoiled Portuguese water dog.

1:20 - 2:10 PM Paper Session

Paper Discussions

Time-Varying Model of Engagement with Digital Self Reporting

Michael Sobolev, PhD, Behavioral Scientist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Leveraging Digital Technology for Social Connectedness among Adults with Chronic Health Conditions: A Systematic Review

Pamela J. Wright, PhD, MS, MEd, RN, CEN, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

A Qualitative Analysis of Abortion Misinformation on Twitter Following the Dobbs Decision

Lindsay Palmer, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

2:10 - 2:50 PM Panel Discussion

A Panel Discussion with Moderators of Large Health-Focused Facebook Groups

A vast ecosystem of patient communities exists on Facebook on almost any health topic you can imagine from diabetes to rare cancers. These communities are typically started by patients, led by patients, and attract thousands of patients around the world. In this panel we will hear from moderators of these communities who will reflect on why they started the community, the value of the community to them and their community members, and how we can create community-academic partnerships.

Anna Williams; Patient Advocate, Moderator of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Facebook Group

Lori Cooney, M.Ed; Program Director, Institute of Community Inclusion, UMass Boston; Moderator of the Eosinophilic Family Support Network Facebook Group

Mary Van Doorn; Coach, Patient Advocate, and Founder, Sugar Momma Strong Diabetes Support Facebook Group

Learn more about our panelists

Anna Williams; Patient Advocate, Moderator of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Facebook Group

Anna Williams is a patient advocate in the headache disease community. She finds it to be an empowering experience to help others navigate the patient journey. One of her diagnoses is a rare condition, Trigeminal Neuralgia. She joined the admin team of the "Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group" to help support, encourage and educate those who experience this disease and their caregivers/supporters. Her favorite part aside from encouraging members is to create resources the members can use to better be able to partner with their health care providers in their treatment plans.

Anna's advocacy not only takes place in Facebook groups, but also with organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for Clusterbusters, an organization that advocates for those who experience cluster headache. She also works with organizations such as the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the Chronic Disease Coalition to make sure the patient voice is heard among policy makers.

Lori Cooney, M.Ed; Program Director, Institute of Community Inclusion, UMass Boston; Moderator of the Eosinophilic Family Support Network Facebook Group

Lori Cooney is a program director of inclusive education and curriculum design at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has a strong commitment to helping families and individuals affected by eosinophilic and other rare diseases. Since 2009, she has administered a Facebook group with close to 13k members that provides valuable support and resources. In addition, Lori has over 25 years of extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development on universal design for learning (UDL), inclusive education, learning plans, curriculum development, course design, technology integration, college and career readiness, and assessment strategies.

Lori is passionate about creating inclusive learning environments for all individuals and has had the privilege of consulting on the design of inclusive playgrounds, obtaining funding for the creation of several inclusive outdoor play spaces on Cape Cod, and facilitating numerous workshops. Her work has been recognized through various awards, including the 2012 MassCUE Pathfinder Award and present Champion, a Technology Humanist Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and as a Christa McAuliffe Teacher by the Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State University.

Mary Van Doorn; Coach, Patient Advocate, and Founder, Sugar Momma Strong Diabetes Support Facebook Group

Mary Van Doorn is a mom, wife, business owner, type 2 diabetes advocate and the founder of Sugar Mama Strong Diabetes Support for Women and the Sugar Mama Strong Sisterhood. Mary's work has been featured by Yahoo! Living,, Diabetic Living Magazine, Healthline, and Healthgrades. Her all-inclusive workouts have been featured by the American Diabetes Association and she is a regular contributor to Bezzy T2D.

2:50 - 3:20 PM Video Poster Session

Video Poster Session

In this session, attendees will be put into breakout groups by topic (e.g., healthy lifestyle) to watch short poster videos and engage with the presenters. Don’t miss the stimulating discussions in these small groups which provide an excellent opportunity for networking and building collaborations.

Adult Lifestyle (Physical Activity, Weight)

The Motivational Effect of Goals on Physical Activity

Gary Birnie, Dr Simon McCabe
University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

Tailored messages generated from an online survey appear useful for goal setting: results from a pilot study with college students

Heather Phillips, Alyson Gaylord, Valerie Duffy, Patrice A. Hubert
University of Connecticut

The costs of chasing body image ideals: links between weight-related self-monitoring use, disordered eating behaviors, and the aim to alter body composition.

Rica A. Generoso; Samantha L. Hahn, PhD, MPH, RD.
College of Medicine, Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, MI, USA

An Exercise Prescription Algorithm for Clinicians and Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Shiqi Chen;1 Yin Wu;2 Justin Kennedy3, Gregory Panza4; Margaux Guidry Zwierko5; Kathryn Leelman1; Ameen Parks1; Kangmin Nam1; and Linda S Pescatello,1,6 FACSM
1University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
3Sonalysts, Inc., Waterford, CT
4Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute, Hartford, CT
5Servier Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA
6Institute for Collaboration on Health Intervention and Policy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

The Threat of Weight Loss Misinformation on Social Media: A Systematic Review

Farah Deshmukh, MD, MPH (Obesity Medicine/Nutrition Fellow, Northwell Health)
Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD, CHES (Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Hofstra University)
Jamie Kane, MD (Director, Northwell Health Center for Weight Management)"

Childhood, Parenting, and Digital Health

Does Social Media Use Affect Adolescents' Mental Health?

Brook Taylor Stewart, MAT, Adam M. McCready, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut

Young Children's Exposure to Food and Beverage Brands on Mobile Devices: A YouTube Case Study

Fleming-Milici, Frances1, Gershman, Haley1, Agresta, Hanako1, McCann, Melissa1, Harris, Jennifer1
1Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health, University of Connecticut

Injury Risk Challenges on TikTok: The New Best Place for Dumb Ideas

Hannah P Schneider*, David I Swedler, PhD, MPH(a), Jennifer A. Manganello, PhD, MPH(b), Rebecca J McAdams, MA, MPH, CHES(c), Kristin J Roberts, MS, MPH(c), Jamie Reedy, MA, CHES(b), Lara B McKenzie, PhD, MA, FAAHB(c,d,e), Leah Middelberg, MD(f)
*Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
(a)ForHealth Consulting at UMass Chan Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
(b)Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior, University at Albany, School of Public Health, Albany, New York
(c)Center for Injury Research and Policy, The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
(d)Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
(e)Division of Epidemiology, The Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Columbus, Ohio
(f)Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Developing Messages that Address Barriers and Facilitators of Healthy Diets and Oral Health Behaviors in Young Children from Low-Income Families

Mikayla Anderson, Tinna Zheng, Kate Killion, MPH, RD, Valerie B. Duffy, PhD, RD
University of Connecticut

Facebook and Instagram Posts that Make Mothers Feel Bad about What or How Their Children Eat

Julia Gaiser, Brianna C. Mastroianni, Sophia A. Gaspard, Grace E. Heersping, BS, Molly E. Waring, PhD
Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Food and Nutrition Literacy

Cross-Cultural Comparison of Pizza Brand Promotion via Homepages, TikTok, and Douyin in the US and China

Jennifer T Ma, Ph.D., MBA 1; Yue Wu, Ph.D. 2
1 Mass Communication Department. Winona State University
2 School of Journalism & Communication. University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Developing an online tool to assess functional and interactive digital nutrition literacy for tailored intervention reaching low-income adults

Lauren Pinto, Daniela Carolina, Kate Killion, Mike Puglisi, Ock Chun, Valerie Duffy
University of Connecticut

The Impact of Nutritional Information on the Evaluation of Dairy Products: Evidence of Sequential, Automatic, and Controlled Processing During Product and Message Evaluation.

Mark A. Hamilton, PhD 1, Nitcha Chokpitakkul, PhD 2
1 Department of Communication, University of Connecticut
2 Department of Communicology, University of Hawaii, Manoa

"Healthy” Alcoholic Beverages? : Exploring the Prevalence and Perceptions of College Students Drinking Healthier Alcoholic Beverages and the Explanatory Role of Offline and Online Friend Influences

Megan Strowger, MS 1, Mai-Ly N. Steers, PhD 2, Rose Marie Ward, PhD 3
1 Department of Psychology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
2 Department of Nursing, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
3 Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Building a Virtual Program to Improve Food Literacy in Health Professional Learners in Saint Lucia: Success and Lessons

Zhao Helen Wu PhD1,2, Prisca Regis-Andrew, PhD3, Michelle Slivinsky MA1,2, Candillia Wilson-Alenor, MPH3, Yong Qiao MS1,4, Gualberto Ruaño, MD, PhD1,2, Cato Laurencin MD, PhD1,2
1 University of Connecticut, School of Medicine
2 UConn Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering
3 Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
4 UConn Department of Statistics

Mental Health

A Digital Mental Health Database: Vetting Technology Efficiently and Effectively

Dina Bam, MPH, VXVY Mental Health, Ronil Shah, MD, VXVY Mental Health, Chloe Nicksic Sigmon, PhD, VXVY Mental Health, Debra Boeldt, PhD, VXVY Mental Health

Associating Depressive Symptoms with Social Media Usage Through Sleep Deprivation in Adolescents

Luke Ni, Parker Whitehouse
Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

Green Spaces and Emotional Health on Social Media

Sohyun Park, Ph.D.
Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut

A Two-Level Classification Approach to Detect Depression on Twitter

Anusha Nagella, Swapna S. Gokhale
Computer Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut

Social Media and Online Data

News, Social Media, and Oral Minoxidil: A Statistical Analysis of Changes in Physician and Patient Behavior

Crystal T Chang, B.S. 1, Iesha L Ticknor, B.S. 1, Diana S Kneiber, M.D. 2, Jingyun Gao, M.D. 2
1 Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, Pasadena, CA
2 Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Los Angeles, CA

Socializing Comfort Food with Pandemic Readjustment Effects: Tracking Pizza Brand Promotion Process from Media Visibility to Word of Mouth

Mark Hamilton, Ph.D. 1, Jennifer T Ma, Ph.D., MBA. 2
1 Department of Communication, University of Connecticut
2 Mass Communication Department, Winona State University

Modeling of Health Risk and Protective Behaviors within Social Media Tanning Culture

John T. DiFonzo, B.S. 1; Jennifer M. Bowers, Ph.D., MPH 2; Christine Abdool, B.A. 1; Anne Moyer, Ph.D. 1
1 Stony Brook University
2 Behavioral Research Program Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences National Cancer Institute, NIH

Using Caries detection tool to teach Al to improve oral health

Krisha Shah MPH,BDS,CDA
University of New Haven

Social Media and VR Interventions

Planning a social media-based peer support intervention with breast cancer survivors to improve social connectedness

Alicia G. Dugan, PhD 1; Hannah L. Austin, MS 1; Jennifer M. Cavallari, ScD, CIH 2; Sara Namazi, PhD 3; Helen Swede, PhD 2; William S. Shaw, PhD 2; Thomas O. Blank, PhD 1; Keith M. Bellizzi, PhD 1; Martin G. Cherniack, MD, MPH 2
1 University of Connecticut School of Medicine
2 University of Connecticut School of Medicine
3 Springfield College

The experiences of users of online peer support groups for dental anxiety: a systematic review

Caitlin Sorrell, Neil Coulson, Heather Buchanan
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Virtual Reality for Retaining Next Generation of Blood Donors

Joy Li, Maria Valero
Kennesaw State University

Providing continued education on healthy eating and dental health practices to low-income families through a private Facebook group

Rebecca Mowrey, BS, Daniela Carolina Avelino, BS, Kate Killion, MPH, RD, Molly E. Waring, PhD, Jillian Watt, Valerie B. Duffy, PhD
University of Connecticut, Department of Allied Health Sciences

Formative Evaluation of a Virtual Intergenerational Connection Program to Increase Social Connection for Older Adults in Seattle, WA.

Sherry Wu, Kenzie Lock, Olivia Butkowski, Helena Darrow, Isis Garcia, Amy Lin, Anevay Skenandore, Abbey Videtich
University of Washington School of Public Health

Leveraging Interprofessional Healthcare Worker Collaboration and Social Media to Support Underserved Communities: the IMPACT Experience

Sawant S, BA; Dhingra A, BS; Gonzalez V; Dhaon S, BS; Zimmerman L, MD; Bloomgarden E, MD
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

3:20 - 3:30 PM Best Paper and Video Poster Awards Ceremony