Harnessing Social Media for Sexual Health Promotion

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

Speaker: Ian T. Holloway, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Welfare at Luskin School of Public Affairs

Social media platforms, including geosocial networking apps like Grindr and Tinder, have become primary venues for sexual partner seeking among young people. These apps are often maligned for contributing to rising sexually transmitted infection rates; however, the science documenting this association is mixed. Using examples from his research with gay and bisexual men, Holloway will review the evolution of geosocial networking apps, comment on similarities and differences between these platforms and other social media and provide two case studies for how new technologies may be leveraged for sexual health promotion.

Holloway is an assistant professor in the department of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Director of the Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center. His applied behavioral health research examines the contextual factors that contribute to health disparities amont sexual and gender minority populations. He holds dual master's degrees in social work and public health from Columbia University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California.

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