Joanna Sleigh, Mike Conway chat with #SPSM about #SoMe #data #access and #ethics, 4/16/17, 9pCT

Joanna Sleigh joins SPSM, with Mike Conway, to discuss the issues related to social media data access and ethics, 4/16/17, 9pCT.

Conway recommends we check out this paper (which includes SPSM alum Glen Coppersmith as co-author).

We’ll be discussing ideas from SPSM alum.

From Dr. Jonathan Singer:

  • “Traditional research has long recognized that response rate can be a strength or limitation to the research. If I sent a survey to 2000 people and only 200 responded I would have to say that the response rate was 10% and that this was a limitation of the research. If you know something about your sample then you can say something about the people who did not respond. This can help interpret results. Social media doesn’t provide a sample size, so response rate is impossible to establish.
  • “If we want to target select groups on SoMe we can do snowball samples (e.g. send out a link to a group of people and ask them to share it with similar folks). Alternately if we pay Facebook (for example) to reach out to a demographic then our sample will be limited to the FB users who fit the marketing profile, which can further bias our sample.
  • “These comments suggest the following questions:
    1. What are the strengths and limitations of using publicly accessible SoMe data for suicide prevention research?
    2. If we want to recruit a more nuanced sample are traditional survey / data collection methods sufficient or do we need new methodologies?
    3. If we recruit participants using FB, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or other for-profit sources how might that change our findings?”

From  Dr. Philip Resnik:

“Ethical issues in data analytics in general and NLP in particular are becoming a hot topic. Worth giving a shout out to the first workshop in Ethics in NLP,, coming up April 4, among whose organizers is Meg Mitchell, who was one of the three co-founders of the ACL workshops in Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology.  Glen and two colleagues have a paper there on ethical protocols for social media health research.
“In terms of design issues, one of the biggest nuts to crack is what we data-driven folks call “ground truth” — without at least some of it you can’t evaluate your predictive models, and without decent quantities of it you can’t train them.  I’ve railed for years about HIPAA having been designed with a huge blind spot when it comes to research uses, as you know; I’ve also given up on there being a way to solve that problem in HIPAA — right now my money is on data donation as the right solution.  That doesn’t solve every problem but it’s a big start.
“Also related to ground truth, one of the challenges I’ve discovered recently has to do with good definitions of “positive” when we’re talking about assessing suicide risk. As you will recall, I was rather shocked a couple of months ago to discover that I have stumbled into doing original research on assessment of suicidality from language samples, having thought I was simply going to be applying existing work that’s already been well established.”

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@JosueACardona of @GeekTherapy chats #DrWho with #SPSM, 4/9/17, 9pCT

Dr. Josue Cardona, producer of the Geek Therapy podcast, joins #SPSM to chat about suicide related themes in Dr. Who, Sunday 4/9/17, 9pCT. Podcasts, especially about mental health, are increasingly popular mediums, and we’re going to chat about that, too.

Why this week? Click here.

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Josué is an engineer, therapist, and coach and founder of Geek Therapy, a website and community that celebrates how Geek culture can be used for good. He is currently hosts a few podcasts psychology, mental health, technology, and gaming on the Geek Therapy Network of podcasts. He teaches how to use digital tools for behavior change at Digitally Understood.

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#SPSM chats LIVE from #NatCon17, 4/2/17, 9pCT

Join @DocForeman and the #SPSM crew LIVE from #NatCon17 in Seattle! We’ll discuss SPSM activities during the conference, as well as related national news in suicide prevention. We’ll even have some local SPSM faces making guest appearances.

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@AdamHoffberg chats with #SPSM about the @RMIRECC #suicide #prevention podcasts, 3/26/17, 9pCT

Adam Hoffberg, of the Veteran Affairs Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (Rocky Mountain MIRECC), chats with #SPSM about their suicide prevention podcasts 3/26/17, at 9pCT.

Upcoming podcasts will include folks like Julie Goldstein from the Zero Suicide Academy (Becky Stoll repped that org on #SPSM, watch here). There will also be more content on microbiomes and suicide (see below for prior podcasts on that current hot topic).

Find ALL of Rocky Mountain MIRECC’s “Short Takes” podcasts here. And, if the complete archive is a bit overwhelming, we have some suggestions about where to start:

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Adam Hoffberg has a Master of Health Science in Mental Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a certificate in health disparities and health inequity. He is currently employed as recruitment/outreach and social media coordinator with the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Denver VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, providing support in roles consistent with the mission and vision of preventing suicide among Veterans.



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@RobertRMorris chats with #SPSM about @Koko, 3/19/17, 3pCT

Dr. Robert Morris chats with #SPSM about Koko, 3/19/17, 3pCT.

What is Koko, what is an “empathy layer,” and what does it have to do with suicide prevention? Well, you might want to read this Verge article for starters…

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Dr. Robert Morris is co-founder of Koko, a social network for mental health and emotional well-being.

Robert earned his AB in psychology from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and his master’s and PhD in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His interests lie at the intersection of crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, and digital interventions for mental health. He is an award winning designer and his work has been featured in WiredNPRFast Company, and the The Huffington Post, among others.

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#SPSM chats about issues with algorithms, 3/12/17, 9pCT

SPSM guest expert Dr. Glen Coppersmith chats with us about uses and limitations of algorithms in predicting suicide attempts and death, 3/12/17 9pCT.

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about the potential of data science to predict suicide attempts and deaths. Experts differ on their opinions about the relative promise and merits of “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning,” and “algorithms” in suicide prevention.

SPSM will be orienting you to the basic issues underlying these concepts and application, so that you can evaluate different approaches for yourself.

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@MeredithGould chats with #SPSM about #suicide and #spirituality, 3/5/17, 9pCT.

Dr. Meredith Gould joins #SPSM to chat about the relationship between suicide and spirituality, 3/5/17, 9pCT.

SPSM has never shied away from controversial topics (this is a weekly chat about suicide, after all). We’ll be discussing how one’s spiritual orientation might impact one’s view of suicide, and perhaps even how one uses social media in the aftermath or an attempt or death.

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Meredith Gould, PhD is a sociologist, digital communications consultant, online community manager, and longtime spiritual seeker. She’s an award-winning author of eleven books, including Desperately Seeking Spirituality. An updated edition of Deliberate Acts of Kindness: A Guide to Service as a Spiritual Practice will be available mid-March 2017. Dr. Gould is internationally known for her passionate advocacy of using digital tools for ministry and to encourage practical spirituality in daily life. A Platinum Fellow of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Health Network, she has also been involved with health, wellness, and healthcare education for decades. For more information visit:


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