Practicum Fieldwork


Exploring diet-related content and product advertising on TikTok: A pilot study

The Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) has a new research opportunity that can be completed as a practicum or research assistantship for masters or doctoral students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health beginning in January 2022. In this position, a student will be an integral part of the team to conduct a pilot study that aims to explore (1) the prevalence of diet-related products on TikTok and (2) the contents of videos that promote diet-related products to users on TikTok. The end goals of the project are to synthesize the findings in a manuscript, guide future research on disordered eating-related content on TikTok, and inform policy change to protect adolescent mental health.

The student will:

  • Participate in training on using TikTok and the study methodology
  • Collect data from TikTok videos, including sponsored and user-generated content
  • Gain experience in social media analysis
  • Have the opportunity to co-author the final report and manuscript

Applicants should have:

  • Interest and experience in social media research – Experience as a user of TikTok is an asset
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Interest in topics relevant to eating disorder prevention and/or health policy

This paid research assistantship/practicum will be supervised by STRIPED director Dr. S. Bryn Austin and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Amanda Raffoul.

Interested students are invited to submit their CV and a one-page statement of interest to STRIPED Scholar Amanda Raffoul at by Dec. 20, 2020.