Social Media for Social Support and Information seeking

Social media and Online communities for social support, behavioral change support and informational support and information seeking

Published work & Presentations

Nambisan, P. (2011). Health information seeking and social support in online health communities: Impact on patients’ perceived empathy. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), 18(3): 298-304.

Nambisan, P. (2011). Evaluating patient experience in online health communities: Implications for healthcare organizations. Health Care Management Review, 36(2):124-33.

Nambisan, P., Vanderslius-Morgan K., Kreps, G. (2013). Combining Social media research and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to support weight management among freshmen students. DCHC conference.

Huang, K.-Y., Chengalur-Smith, I., Uzuner, Ö., Nambisan, P., and Choi, N. (2012). Supporters in Deed: Studying Online Support Provision from the Perspective of Social Capital. Thirty Third International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS’12), Orlando, FL.

Huang, K.-Y., Nambisan, P., & Uzuner, Ö. (2010). Informational Support or Emotional Support: Preliminary Study of an Automated Approach to Analyze Online Support Community Contents. Proceedings of the Thirty First International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS’10), St. Louis, MO

McKinley, C. & Ruppel, E. K. (2014). Exploring how perceived threat and self-efficacy contribute to college students’ use and perceptions of online mental health resources. Computers in Human Behavior, 34, 101-109. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.01.038

Rains, S. A. & Ruppel, E. K. (2013). Channel complementarity theory in the health information-seeking process: Further investigating the implications of source characteristic complementarity. Communication Research.

Ruppel, E. K., & Rains, S. A. (2012). Information sources and the health information-seeking process: An application and extension of channel complementarity theory. Communication Monographs, 79, 385-405. doi:10.1080/03637751.2012.697627

Ongoing work:

Using social media for weight management by young adults

How does Social Media help in Weight Management: Impact of Self-regulatory behaviors

Social Media Experience: Impact on Diet and Exercise