Media+Health Lab

media and health lab: digital, visual, social

The Media+Health Lab at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture brings together a team of interdisciplinary scholars who focus on digital, visual and social media research for promoting health and reducing health disparities. Areas of expertise and current research include mental health, substance use, infectious diseases, violence prevention, women’s health and sexual health, and environmental communication.

The Media+Health Lab is based in Richmond, Va. on Virginia Commonwealth University's campus. Learn more about our work below and stay in touch with us on Twitter.

Funded Grants

The Media+Health Lab at VCU's Robertson School is proud to receive funding for the following work.

  • Guidry, J.P.D., O’Donnell, N.H., Carlyle, K.E., & Miller, C.A. (2019) #Doesanybodycare: Encouraging Suicide- and Depression-Related Bystander Behavior on InstagramFunding Source: Virginia Commonwealth University (Funded, $49,893).
  • Guidry, J.P.D., O’Donnell, N.H., & Austin, L.L., Coman, I.A., & Adams, J.W. (2019). Tell me about the #fluvaccine: Using narratives to encourage vaccinationFunding Source: Arthur Page Center (Funded, $5,000).
  • Guidry, J.P.D., Carlyle, K.E., Johnson, J., Bodnar-Deren, S., & Dick, D. (2018) #Social4Health: Promoting College Student Social and Mental Wellbeing using Social Media. Funding Source: VCU College of Humanities and Sciences SEED grant (Funded, $4,280)
  • Guidry, J.P.D., O’Donnell, N.H., & Adams, J.W. (2018). Promoting pro-environmental behaviors through visual social media. Funding Source: AEJMC’s Emerging Scholar Award (Funded, $3,500).
  • O’Donnell, N.H., Guidry, J.P.D., & Adams, J.W. (2018). Promoting public health and ecosystem health in the Lower James River basin. Funding Source: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (Funded. $11,420).

Lab Publications

Explore published work from the Media+Health Lab by topics including mental health, infectious disease and other health-focused areas.