Research Scientist, University of Southern California
Jon-Patrick Allem is a research scientist in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Allem's research is aimed at developing novel ways of improving population health surveillance by utilizing data from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Google Web Search. Using these data from online social systems, Dr. Allem and colleagues have conducted studies on the effectiveness of mass media campaigns in the U.S. and Latin America, population mental health in the U.S. and Australia, public interest in climate change in the U.S., use and appeal of emerging tobacco products (hookah, e-cigarettes, flavored cigars) in the U.S., HIV prevention in the U.S., and documented cases of hazardous driving in the U.S. His work has repeatedly garnered national and international attention appearing in media outlets from The New York Times to The Sydney Morning Herald.
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