Adults (18-65), Geriatrics (65+)
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Adults (18-65), Geriatrics (65+)
Emergency Medicine, 2009
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Merchant is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is a Co-Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab (http://socialmedialab.upenn.edu/) Her research interest is in diffusion of innovation, social media, public health, and resuscitation science. Her work involves development and testing of health related mobile apps and she has conducted several projects evaluating health communication on social/mobile media sites like Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare, Gigwalk, and others. She additionally runs a Twitter lab which analyzes tweets related to resuscitation, critical care, and public health/policy. Much of her work bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, (http://www.med.upenn.edu/myheartmap/) a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist. Dr. Merchant was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and healthcare in the US.
Merchant RM: Evaluating the potential role of social media in preventive health care Journal of the American Medical Association : 2020.
Guntuku SC, Schwartz HA, Kashyap A, Gaulton J, Stokes DC, Asch D.A, Ungar LH, Merchant RM: Variability in Language used on Social Media prior to Hospital Visits Nature Scientific Reports : 2020.
Griffis H, Asch DA, Schwartz HA, Ungar L, Buttenheim A, Barg FK, Mitra N, Merchant RM: Using social media to track geographic variability in language about diabetes across the US Journal of Medical Internet Research : 2020.
Parga-Belinkie J, Merchant RM: Voices in evidence-based newborn care: A how-to-guide on developing a parent-facing podcast Journal of Medical Internet Research Pediatric Parent 2 (2): e16335,2019.
Agarwal AK, Sangal RB, Hahn L, Do D, Merchant RM, Lee K: Digital care updates in the emergency department: a feasibility study Academic Emergency Medicine : 2019.
Lee KC, Oppenheim IM, Do D, Lin TC, Rosin R, Merchant RM: Making workplace civility go viral New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst 1 : 2019.
The Atlantic: What Your Facebook Posts Say About Your Mental Health https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/11/what-your-tweets-say-about-your-mood/601510/ : 2019.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn researchers turn to Twitter to identify loneliness https://www.inquirer.com/health/loneliness-twitter-university-of-pennsylvania-social-media-20191104.html : 2019.
Zhu JM, Pelullo AP, Hassan S, Siderowf L, Merchant RM, Werner RM: Gender differences in Twitter use and influence among health policy and health services researchers Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine : 2019.
Guntuku SC, Ramsay JR, Merchant RM, Ungar LH: Language of ADHD in adults on social media Journal of Attention Disorders 23 (12): 1475-1485,2019.
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