Bowling Alone: Frontiers in Loneliness Research (PARC AGING CHATS)

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Bowling Alone: Frontiers in Loneliness Research (PARC AGING CHATS)

Apr 1, 2024 at - | McNeil 403 - PSC Commons

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Assistant Professor
Affiliation
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Name
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Assistant Professor
Affiliation
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Computer and Information Science
Speaker Biographies

Heather Schofield is an Assistant Professor in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. She is an economist studying development, health, and behavioral economics. Much of her research is based in India. Two of her primary ongoing areas of research include the role of health human capital in economic productivity, cognitive function, and decision-making; and the role of financial and social incentives in promoting healthy behaviors. Dr. Schofield completed her Ph.D. in Business Economics, MS in Global Health and Population, and BA in Economics at Harvard University

Sharath Guntuku is an Assistant Professor in the research-track in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I direct the Computational Social Listening Lab. His research focuses on building predictive models for and uncovering insight into health outcomes and psychological states of individuals and communities. The goal of this research is to supplement clinical diagnoses and facilitate early and personalized interventions for improving treatments and well-being.  I develop computational models utilizing large-scale user-generated text, image, and mobile sensor data to answer questions pertaining to geospatial, cross-cultural, and temporal aspects of human behavior. Sharath's recent work investigates the manifestation of conditions such as loneliness, ADHD, stress, and depression on social media platforms and the role of heterogeneity in the digital behaviors of individuals across cultures.  His work has been covered by the American Psychological Association, WIRED, Canadian Broadcasting Company, The Atlantic, US News, and other venues. We are grateful to the National Institutes of Health [details], World Bank Group, and Penn Global [details] for funding our work. Sharath has consulted for NGOs and not-for-profits (e.g. World Bank) in the past and is open to opportunities that have a strong social impact application.