Headshot of Kristen Bowen

I am a PhD student and Rodney Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science working with Dr. Amelia Gibson in the CEDI Lab.

My primary research interests center on information behavior related to social media and tech use. Particularly, I am interested in the effects of technological development on the information worlds (connections & relationships), information behavior, information needs, and information access of traditionally marginalized populations with an emphasis on user research to create and adapt technologies for these populations. Recent research of mine has focused on the health information behavior of marginalized populations, specifically in relation to socially stigmatized topics or invisible disabilities (examples are psychiatric or neurodevelopmental), and the influence that social media and technological advancements have upon these actions.

I am currently working on my dissertation research which examines the health information behavior of Black emerging adults (18-25) who deal with mental illness in connection to sexual violence. Emphasis is placed on how they use social media and technology as a part of their information behavior.