Robin Stevens

Robin Stevens (@DrRobinStevens) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, USC and the Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab. She received her AB from Harvard College, MPH from University of Michigan, and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is a health communication scholar focused on achieving health equity in African American and Latinx communities in the United States. Dr. Stevens uses digital epidemiology to investigate sexual health, mental health and substance use in in the context of the digital neighborhood. She uses interdisciplinary community-engaged approaches to improve the health and well-being of youth of color. Her work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Selected Publications:
  1. Stevens, R., Brawner, B. M., Kranzler, E., Giorgi, S., Lazarus, E., Abera, M., Huang, S., Ungar, L. (2020). Exploring substance use tweets of youth in the United States: Mixed methods study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 6(1).
  2. Stevens, R., Gilliard-Matthews, S., Dunaev, J., Todhunter-Reid, A., Brawner, B., & Stewart, J. (2017). Social media use and sexual risk reduction behavior among minority youth: Seeking safe sex information. Nursing Research, 66(5), 368-377.
  3. Stevens, R., Bernadini, S., & Jemmott, J. B. (2016). Social media in the sexual lives of African American and Latino youth: Challenges and opportunities in the digital neighborhood. Media and Communication, 4(3), 60-70.
  4. Stevens, R., Gilliard-Matthews, S., Dunaev, J., Woods, M. K., & Brawner, B. M. (2016). The digital hood:  Social media use among youth in disadvantaged neighborhoodsNew Media & Society, 19(6), 950-967.
  5. Stevens, R., & Hornick, R. (2014). AIDS in Black & White: The influence of newspaper coverage of HIV/AIDS on HIV/AIDS testing among African Americans and White Americans, 1993-2007Journal of Health Communication, 19(8), 893-906.
  6. Stevens, R., Gilliard-Matthews, S., Nilsen, M., Malven, E., & Dunaev, J. (2013). Social environment and sexual risk- taking among gay and transgender African American youth. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 15(10), 1148-1161.
  7. Stevens, R., & Hull, S. (2013). The colour of AIDS: an analysis of newspaper coverage of HIV/AIDS in the United States from 1992–2007. Critical Arts Projects & Unisa Press, 27(3), 352–369.