Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH is a health communication scholar working to achieve health equity in African American and Latinx communities in the United States. Stevens uses digital epidemiology to investigate youth well-being, sexual health, mental health and substance use in the context of the digital neighborhood. She uses interdisciplinary community-engaged approaches to improve the health and well-being of Black youth. Her work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Stevens is the director of the Health Equity & Media Lab. She received her AB from Harvard College, MPH from the University of Michigan, and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is a proud Philadelphian.
Awards and honors:
Early Career Award, American Public Health Association, Public Health Promotion and Health Education Section (2019)
Unsung Hero Award for dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments in the Community-Based Public Health, National Community-Based Organization Network (2019)
NIDA Diversity Scholar, National Institute of Health (2018)
Association Between HIV-Related Tweets and HIV Incidence in the United States: Infodemiology Study, co-author (Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2020).
You Set Me Up: Gendered Perceptions of Twitter Communication Among Black Youth in Chicago, co-author (Social Media and Society, 2020).
Exploring Substance Use Tweets of Youth in the United States: Mixed Methods Study, co-author (Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health Surveillance, 2020).
#digital hood: Engagement with risk content on social media among Black and Hispanic youth, co-author (Journal of Urban Health, 2019).
Social media use and sexual risk reduction behavior among minority youth: Seeking safe sex information, co-author (Nursing Research, 2017).
Risky trade: Individual and neighborhood-level socio-demographics associated with transactional sex among urban African American MSM, co-author (Journal of Urban Health, 2017).
Social media in the sexual lives of African American and Latino youth: Challenges and opportunities, co-author (Media & Communication, 2016).
The digital hood: Social media use among youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods, co-author (New Media & Society, 2016).
COMM 315: Health Communication