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Call: 'Online Networks and Health'

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Event Details

Please consider submitting an abstract to the session on “Online Networks and Health” for Networks 2021, scheduled for 6-11 July, 2021 in Washington, DC, USA (hybrid conference). 

Session organizer:  Lindsay Young, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California



Over the years, social networks and the methods used to analyze them have captured considerable interest among clinical, epidemiological, and behavioral health researchers. Now, widespread use of online social networking platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Dating Apps) has created new sources of near real-time network data with immense potential for providing insights about a wide range of health-related outcomes and processes (e.g., infectious disease transmission, health information- and care-seeking, health behavior norm formation, and social support and peer influence processes), while also providing new opportunities for health care engagement and intervention. In this session, we seek papers that explore the relationship between online social and communication networks and health-related outcomes, behaviors, and processes. We aim to feature a wide range of analytic techniques including exploratory and descriptive methods, stochastic network models, semantic network characterization, and computational models for both cross-sectional and longitudinal data.

Important information:

The submission deadline is January 24, 2021
The abstract should be no more than 500 words and can include up to one optional figure
The abstract should be submitted to the session titled: “20. Online Networks and Health”
The conference website is here:
Feel free to contact session organizer Lindsay Young ( with any questions