3rd Annual UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media Conference

“Social Media and Health”

Date: 5/16/19

Location: Student Union Ballroom, 2110 Hillside Road, U-3008. Storrs, CT 06269-3008

Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Presented by: UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media

Speakers: Drs. David Cavallo (Case Western Reserve University), Michael Amato (Truth Initiative), Christopher Carroll (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center), Sherry Emery (NORC at University of Chicago), Cesar Gabriel Escobar-Viera (University of Pittsburgh) among others.

Details: Social Media and Health is the 3rd Annual Conference of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. Speakers are national experts in social media research on topics including health behavior interventions, observational research, research ethics, public health campaigns, online patient communities and more. Pre-conference workshops will address social media delivered interventions and social media research ethics. Panel discussions will address methodological issues in social media research and intervention development. An exciting day of speakers and panels will be followed by a poster session complete with wine, appetizers, and professional networking.

Registration: Click Here Deadline: May 13, 2019


8:00am  Pre-conference workshops Sherry Pagoto and David Cavallo (Social Media Delivered Interventions), Molly Waring and Jess Bibeau (Research Ethics and IRB in Social Media Research)

9:00am – Registration and Breakfast

9:45am-10am Opening remarks: Sherry Pagoto, PhD, UConn

10:00-10:35am –Michael Amato, PhD, Truth Initiative. TBA

10:35-11:10am –David Cavallo, PhD, Case Western Reserve University.  User-Generated Intervention Approaches Using Social Media: Results from the INSHAPE CLE Pilot Weight Loss Study

11:10p-11:45pm – Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities in Social Media Intervention Research. Panelists: Molly Waring, PhD, David Cavallo, PhD, Sherry Pagoto, PhD. Moderator: Cesar Gabriel Escobar-Viera, PhD

11:45-12:30pm – Networking Lunch

12:30-1:05 pm –Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, PhD, University of Connecticut. Engaging with Health, News, and Science through Information Sharing on Social Media

1:05-1:40pm –Cesar Gabriel Escobar-Viera, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Social Media Use and Depression Among Sexual Minority Youth: Findings from a Quantitative and Qualitative Online National Study

1:40-2:15pm –Sherry Emery, PhD, NORC, University of Chicago. Social Media and Public Health Research:  A Road Map for Rigor, Transparency & Replicability

2:15- 2:30pm Coffee/networking break

2:30 – 3:05p Philip Massey, Drexel University, Voice matters: Recognizing the role of narratives on social media to address emerging health challenges

3:05p- 3:40pm  Christopher Carroll, MD, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Defining Digital Health Footprints of Asthma Stakeholders on Twitter

3:40p – 4:15pm – Panel Discussion: Methodological Challenges in Social Media Research. Panelists: Sherry Emery, PhD, Philip Massey, PhD, and Michael Amato, PhD) Moderated by Molly Waring, PhD UConn

4:15-4:30pm – Closing Remarks – Molly Waring, PhD, UConn

4:30-6:00pm – Poster and Wine Networking Reception


2nd Annual UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media Conference: Digital Health At the Intersection of Academia and Industry

Date: 5/17/18

Location: Rome Commons Ballroom, University of Connecticut, 626 Gilbert Road Ext., Storrs, CT 06269

Time: 9:00 am – 5 pm

Presented by: UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media

Speakers: Dr. John Torous, Co-Director of the Digital Psychiatry Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Dr. Kate Wolin, Chief Science Officer, Interactive Health; Dr. Emil Chiauzzi, Clinical Research Psychologist, Principal Scientist, PatientsLikeMe; Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System

Details: The UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media is pleased to present its 2nd Annual Conference with the theme of Digital Health at the Intersection of Academia and Industry.  The conference will be held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on May 17, 2018.  Speakers from Cedars-Sinai, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PatientsLikeMe, and Interactive Health will be presenting state-of-the-art research on mobile apps, devices, wearables, and social media. A panel will discuss the topic of building interdisciplinary and academia-industry collaborations. A poster session and wine reception will be held at 4:00 pm. See full agenda.

Submit Abstract (by 3/19/18):

Registration ($40/free for UConn students):

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Webinar: Developing and Adapting Behavioral Interventions for Social Media Delivery

Date: 12/21/17

Time: 1-2pm EST

Presented by: The Society of Behavioral Medicine

Speakers: Sherry Pagoto, PhD and Ashley Panzarino of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media

Recording (free for SBM members/$15 for non-members): 


Webinar: How the National Library of Medicine Can Add Evidence to Your Health App

Date: 11/7/17

Time: 12-1pm EST

Presented by: UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media & National Library of Medicine

Speakers: Susan Halpin of National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Sherry Pagoto PhD of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media


  • Introduce you to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and its free resources
  • Demonstrate how NLM resources carry out the mission to improve public health through free digital websites, databases and other educational tools, health and medical training classes and grant funding opportunities
  • Provide examples of how these health related resources can add value to your app

First Annual UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media Conference: How Digital Health is Revolutionizing Medicine

Date: 5/18/17

Location: Faculty Conference Room, Medical School, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA

Time: 10am – 3:30pm

Presented by: UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Bennett, Duke University



Webinar: The New Social Media Playbook, hosted by the Mayo Clinic & Vanderbilt Health. 

Date: 9/21/16

Streaming location: Shaw Building on 419 Belmont St, 2nd floor, Conference Room #1. 

Time: 1pm-2pm ET

Presented by: Lee Aase, Director, Center for Social Media – Mayo Clinic Cynthia Floyd Manley, Director, Content Strategy – Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This program will provide live discussion and Q&A with these leaders, and attendees will learn:

  • Cutting-edge social media strategies industry leaders are using to strengthen their brand presence and integrity
  • How to interact, share, and engage in discussions that are hyper-targeted to niche audiences
  • The importance of video and how it has become a critical tool for improving patient experience
  • A plan for optimizing staffing and training to ensure consistent brand voice