Networks and communication: The social dimensions of HIV prevention and risk

Monday, April 12, 2021

12 p.m. 1 p.m. PT


As transmitters of information and progenitors of behavioral norms, social networks and the communication that occurs within are critical mechanisms of HIV prevention and risk in impacted populations like men who have sex with men (MSM).

Lindsay Young

In this talk, Lindsay Young, assistant professor of health communication and communication networks at USC Annenberg and faculty member of the Annenberg Networks Network research group and the Center for Applied Network Analysis (CANA) in the Keck School of Medicine, will discuss her NIH grant-funded research that aims to unpack how HIV prevention and risk manifest in the online peer networks of young MSM of color using a hybrid of computational techniques, including stochastic network modeling, automated techniques for content analysis, and machine learning approaches for predictive modeling. She will also discuss ways to leverage this work toward more community-centered and culturally relevant intervention designs.