I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I am also affiliated with the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. My research interests are in the area of computational social science, wherein I am interested in questions around making sense of human behavior as manifested via our online social footprints. I am motivated by how the availability of large-scale online social data, coupled with computational methods and resources can help us answer fundamental questions relating to our social lives, particularly our health and well-being.

At Georgia Tech, I lead the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab (SocWeB). We study, mine, and analyze social media to derive insights into improving our health and well-being. Our research is generously supported by the National Institutes of Health, the United Nations Foundation, Yahoo!, and Samsung.

Before moving to Georgia Tech in Spring 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the neXus group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, between 2011 and 2013. I received my Ph.D in 2011 from the Department of Computer Science at Arizona State University, Tempe, where I was a part of the transdisciplinary program and venture on digital media: Arts, Media & Engineering. Following grad school, I also spent some time at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers. In the academic year 2014-15, I was also a faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

Prospective Students: I am looking forward to working with motivated and self-driven students interested to work on problems that bear real-world impact. The problems we explore in our lab require computational rigor as well as interdisciplinary investigation. If you are interested in talking to me about prospective projects, please drop me an email with your CV, information on your technical skills, and prior research experience, if any. PS: At this point I am not taking off-campus students for short-term projects or summer internships.

News and Highlights

  • 2016.02.09: Our paper on suicidal ideation and social media has received a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2016.
  • 2015.12.11: Two Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards at CSCW 2016, on our papers on eating disorders on social media.
  • 2015.09.09: Pleased to be recognized in Georgia Tech "Faces of Inclusive Excellence" 2014-15, an annual publication that recognizes a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to making Georgia Tech among the most highly respected technology-focused learning institutions in the world.
  • 2015.07.20: Science News covered our recent paper on the links between Facebook use and risky dieting behaviors among college-aged women. Extended coverage here and here.
  • 2015.06.16: Recognized as a Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, Georgia Tech.
  • 2015.04.21: I am a winner of the 2015 James C. Edenfield Faculty Fellowship Award at Georgia Tech.
  • 2015.02.15: My talk at the AAAS Annual Meeting was covered by Science News! It covers our research on the use of social media for detecting risk to postpartum depression. The article can be found here.
  • 2015.02.13: New York Times covered us again! This time our research on how Twitter use changes in the aftermath of a wedding engagement. A version also appeared in print on Feb 16, 2015! The article can be found here.
  • 2014.12.26: Our research on social media and mental health was featured in the New York Times, including a version in print! The article can be found here.
  • 2014.11.07: Our research on social media and mental health was covered by the NPR, on the program "On The Media". Link to the podcast is here.
  • 2014.03.16: NBC News did a piece on our work spanning postpartum depression and mental health aid for crises. Also see additional coverage by Scientific American, Phys.org, IBT, RedOrbit, Examiner, PS Mag, Science Daily, iHealthBeat, on our work about social media desensitization and the Mexican Drug War.
  • 2014.03.31: Nieman Lab highlighted our research on examining the kinds/amounts of health information people publicly disclose on Twitter contrasting with search engines for health-related inquiries.
  • 2014.03.04: Listed by the Center for Data Innovation as one of the 15 Women in Data to Follow on Twitter.
  • 2013.12.04: GNIP posted a data story on our research using social media to understand depression.
  • 2013.11.30: This year I am Program Co-chair of the 8th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM). Consider attending!