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Young To Give NCCIH Integrative Medicine Lecture, Nov. 2

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Dr. Sean Young

“Reading Between the Tweets: Social Technologies for Predicting and Changing Health Behavior” is the topic of an upcoming virtual lecture by Dr. Sean Young, executive director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology and associate professor of medicine and informatics, University of California, Irvine. He will lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. Registration is not required.  

Social technologies and their associated data—e.g., from social media, mobile apps, internet searches, and wearable sensors—are increasingly being used as tools in public health research and practice. More than half the world uses social media sites to create, share and discuss content, often personal and/or medical in nature. 

Young will discuss how these technologies and data are being used to impact public health (e.g., with artificial intelligence and data science modeling) and their potential wider application in public health surveillance/intervention efforts. He will present his research on how these tools can be employed to predict and change health behaviors, and on implementation. Populations studied include people affected by HIV, mental health and substance use disorders, car crashes or Covid-19.

Young holds a doctorate in psychology and master’s degrees in psychology and health services research from Stanford University. He is also author of a bestselling book, Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life—for Good

The virtual lecture will be streamed live and archived on NIH VideoCast and Facebook and is part of NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. More information is at

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