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CCH Seminar Update


Health Communication Research Seminar

A platform for cutting-edge work in health communication, forging  new collaborations, and building community.

Research is central to the mission of the Center for Communication and Health. To help keep us all connected and informed, a monthly research seminar hosted by the Center brings together faculty, staff, students, and field experts to discuss cutting-edge work in health communication, forge new collaborations, and build community.
Health Communication Research Seminar is held monthly, on dates to be determined, during the noon hour. Currently, we are limited to hosting the one-hour series via Zoom. The seminars are free and open to everyone. The only requirement is registration in advance.

May  2021

The The Analysis of Topic Model Network (ANTMN) — Applications in Health Communication 

The Analysis of Topic Model Network (ANTMN) method was developed by myself and my colleague, Dr. Dror Walter, to equip researchers with an inductive, data-driven approach for the identification of media frames. Media framing is a core journalistic practice consisting of the selective emphasis of specific features of events and people, at the expense of others. Though a journalistic practice at its core, framing is being used by others as well, from politicians to laypersons on social media. In this talk I will explain the theoretical rationale behind ANTMN, explain and demonstrate the three steps used in the method (topic modeling, network analysis, community detection) and demonstrate its applicability to various health communication contexts (including my work on the coverage of epidemics and its effects, the use of vaccines in Russian propaganda, and the #TaiwanCanHelp hashtag activism campaign during COVID-19). When discussing these examples, I will pay a specific attention to ways in which ANTMN could be combined with other, more traditional, social scientific methods, such as time series analysis, surveys, and experiments, to gain insight into theories and applications of health communications.

Yotam Ophir, Ph.D. (2018. University of Pennsylvania), is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, studying political and science communication, misinformation, persuasion, and media effects. Ophir authored and co-authored 23 journal articles, including in Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Communication Methods & Measures, Journalism, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, and American Journal of Public Health, as well as in multiple book chapters for edited volumes. His research combines novel computational tools for automated content analysis, such as machine learning, topic modeling, and network analysis, with experimental and survey designs, used together to study media content and its effects on audiences.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Virtual Presentations via Zoom

       Yotam Ophir, Ph.D.

         Assistant Professor,
         Department of Communication

         University at Buffalo,
         State University of New York

Upcoming Presenters 

Thomas J. Billard, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
School of Communication, Northwestern University
Executive Director, The Center for Applied Transgender Studies

Thursday, June 3, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST (via Zoom)

Interested in presenting your research? 

The Center is always looking to host a platform for your work. If you would like to give a talk or recommend a speaker,
please contact Rosa Ortiz (

Past Presenters 

Shefali Haldar, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Digital Mental Health
Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University

Designing Technology-Enabled Services for Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal mental health challenges (e.g., depression) can lead to serious health consequences for women. However, few women receive adequate care to address these challenges. Collaborative care programs–which deliver mental health treatment within primary care settings–can improve mental health outcomes, but high demand for treatment limits providers’ capacity to deliver the care that women need for their perinatal mental health. This presentation explores how technology-enabled services can be designed to enhance collaborative care programs and improve the quality of perinatal mental health services.

This CCH Research Seminar took place and was recorded on 02/09/2021.

Jason Adelman MD, MS

Chief Patient Safety Officer
Executive Director, Patient Safety Research
Associate Chief Quality Officer
Co-Director, Patient Safety Research Fellowship

Columbia University Irving Medical Center/
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Oops! I Placed an Order on the Wrong Patient

Placing orders on the wrong patient errors is a major Health IT Safety issue. We will review the Wrong-Patient Retract-and-Reorder (RAR) Measure, the first and only health IT safety measure endorsed by National Quality Forum (NQF #2723). The Wrong-Patient RAR measure has made possible a new area of research that has led to new evidence for preventing these errors, and has informed national and international patient safety guidelines and regulations.

This CCH Research Seminar took place and was recorded on 01/14/2021.