Seminar Series: Dr. César Escobar-Viera
2023/01/25 @ 1:00 pm
Dr. César Escobar-Viera is assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Program for Internet Delivered Interventions on LGBTQA+ Mental Health (PRIDE iM) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a physician trained in psychiatry with a PhD in health services research, as well as a master degree in public health. His research focus is on (1) understanding the impact of social media use, experiences, and interactions on mental health among LGBTQ people and other minoritized communities, and (2) developing, testing, and implementing evidence-based digital mental health interventions for LGBTQ youth and young adults and other minoritized groups. Dr. Escobar-Viera’s current projects include: (1) determine the influence of social media experiences and behaviors on depression and other mental health outcomes among LGBTQ youth and emerging adults, (2) develop and test a social media-based, chatbot-delivered intervention to optimize social media use and reduce perceived isolation among rural-living LGBTQ youth, and (3) develop and test an automated intervention for reducing online victimization and suicidal thoughts and behavior among youth in primary care settings. His work is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute of Mental Health.