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Seminar Series: Dr. César Escobar-Viera
January 25 @ 1:00 pm
On Wednesday, January 25th at 1 pm, Dr. César Escobar-Viera will present a seminar titled “Understanding and leveraging the influence of social media on mental health among LGBTQ+ people”.
Dr. Escobar-Viera is an assistant professor of Psychiatry and director of the Program for Internet Delivered Interventions on LGBTQA+ Mental Health (PRIDE iM) in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a trained psychiatrist with a PhD in health services research, as well as a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Escobar-Viera’s research focus is on (1) determining the influence of social media experiences and behaviors on depression and other mental health outcomes among LGBTQ+ youth and emerging adults, and (2) developing and testing an automated, social media-delivered intervention to optimize social media use and reduce social isolation and depressive symptoms among sexual and/or gender minority youth living in rural areas. A National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities funded “Pathway to Independence Award” and a Pilot Award funded by the ETUDES / ALACRITY Center at the University of Pittsburgh support these goals. As part of the same center, he co-leads a digital intervention development research project aimed at reducing depression and suicide risk among youth who have been victimized online, particularly those of minoritized background, including Black, Hispanic, and/or LGBTQ+ youth.