Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
Soto Street Building (SSB), SSB 117
2001 N. Soto Street , Los Angeles, CA 90033
Dr. Lindsay Young is a NIH Career Transition Award (K99) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine and Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE). She is also an affiliate member of USC’s Center for Applied Network Analysis (CANA). Her work applies social network approaches to understand the contexts that expose young sexual and racial minorities to HIV-related risks and protections. She is particularly interested in how HIV-related norms emerge in offline and online networking environments, and how those processes might be leveraged for behavioral interventions.
Despite significant strides in efforts to eliminate HIV in the United States, young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) remain disproportionately affected. As transmitters of information and progenitors of social norms regarding HIV-related behaviors, the social networks of YBMSM are thought to be critical for understanding mechanisms of their HIV risk and prevention engagement. In this talk, I present a program of research that aims to identify structural and communicative signatures of HIV-related norms in the offline and online peer networks of YBMSM living in Chicago. To these ends, I employ a repertoire of techniques, including social and semantic network analysis and machine learning techniques for textual analysis and predictive modeling.
The talk will conclude with a discussion of the practical implications of this work and future research directions.