Peer-Reviewed Publications

1.  Hswen Y, Murti V, Vormawor AA, Bhattacharjee R, Naslund JA. Virtual Avatars, Gaming, and Social Media: Designing a Mobile Health App to Help Children Choose Healthier Food Options. J Mob Technol Med. 2013; 2(2):8-14. PMID: 25419244. PMCID: PMC4239544

2.  Hswen Y, Rubenzahl L, Bickham DS. Feasibility of an Online and Mobile Videogame Curriculum for Teaching Children Safe and Healthy Cellphone and Internet Behaviors. Games Health J. 2014 Aug; 3(4):252-9. PMID: 26192373

3.  Hswen Y, Naslund JA, Bickham DS. Differences in media access and use between rural Native American and White children. Rural Remote Health. 2014; 14(3):2922. PMID: 25169711

4.  Hswen, Y., & Viswanath, K. (2015) Beyond the Hype: Mobile Technologies and Opportunities to Address Health Disparities. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. 4(1), 39-40.

5.  Bickham DS, Hswen Y, Rich M. Media use and depression: exposure, household rules, and symptoms among young adolescents in the USA. Int J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 60(2):147-55. PMID: 25586816. PMCID: PMC4375733

6.  Hswen Y, Gilkey MB, Rimer BK, Brewer NT. Improving Physician Recommendations for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: The Role of Professional Organizations. Sex Transm Dis. 2017 01; 44(1):42-47. PMID: 27898573. PMCID: PMC5145747

7.  Kraemer, M.U.G.*, Bakker, M.A.*, Sadilek, A.*, Hswen, Y., Pentland, A., Kucuktunc, O., Gipson, B., Lieber, A., Ramaswami, P., Gabrilovich, E., Brownstein, J.S. (2017). Modeling the ongoing impact of Hurricane Maria using human mobility data. Science. 357 (6358), 1336-1337

8.  Majumder MS, Nguyen CM, Cohn EL, Hswen Y, Mekaru SR, Brownstein JS. Vaccine compliance and the 2016 Arkansas mumps outbreak. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 04; 17(4):361-362. PMID: 28346168

9.  Hswen Y, Brownstein JS, Liu J, Hawkins JB. Use of a Digital Health Application for Influenza Surveillance in China. Am J Public Health. 2017 07; 107(7):1130-1136. PMID: 28520492. PMCID: PMC5463210

10.  Hswen Y, Naslund JA, Chandrashekar P, Siegel R, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Exploring online communication about cigarette smoking among Twitter users who self-identify as having schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2017 11; 257:479-484. PMID: 28841509. PMCID: PMC5877400

11.  Kluberg SA, McGinnis DP, Hswen Y, Majumder MS, Santillana M, Brownstein JS. County-level assessment of United States kindergarten vaccination rates for measles mumps rubella (MMR) for the 2014-2015 school year. Vaccine. 2017 11 07; 35(47):6444-6450. PMID: 29037574

12.  Bickham DS, Hswen Y, Slaby RG, Rich M. A Preliminary Evaluation of a School-Based Media Education and Reduction Intervention. J Prim Prev. 2018 06; 39(3):229-245. PMID: 29721652

13.  Hswen Y, Sewalk KC, Alsentzer E, Tuli G, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Investigating inequities in hospital care among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals using social media. Soc Sci Med. 2018 10; 215:92-97. PMID: 30219749

14.  Hswen Y, Naslund JA, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Online Communication about Depression and Anxiety among Twitter Users with Schizophrenia: Preliminary Findings to Inform a Digital Phenotype Using Social Media. Psychiatr Q. 2018 09; 89(3):569-580. PMID: 29327218. PMCID: PMC6043409

15.  Sewalk KC, Tuli G, Hswen Y, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Using Twitter to Examine Web-Based Patient Experience Sentiments in the United States: Longitudinal Study. J Med Internet Res. 2018 10 12; 20(10):e10043. PMID: 30314959. PMCID: PMC6231860

16.  Hswen Y, Naslund JA, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Monitoring Online Discussions About Suicide Among Twitter Users With Schizophrenia: Exploratory Study. JMIR Ment Health. 2018 Dec 13; 5(4):e11483. PMID: 30545811. PMCID: PMC6315229

17.  Hswen, Y., & Bickham, D.S. (2018). Engaging African American teens in co-creating and disseminating social media based HIV prevention messages. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy, 2(41), 1-7.

18.  Hswen Y, Qin Q, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Feasibility of using social media to monitor outdoor air pollution in London, England. Prev Med. 2019 04; 121:86-93. PMID: 30742873. PMCID: PMC7316422

19.  Hswen Y, Gopaluni A, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Using Twitter to Detect Psychological Characteristics of Self-Identified Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Feasibility Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 02 12; 7(2):e12264. PMID: 30747718. PMCID: PMC6390184

20.  Weeks WB, Mishra MK, Curto D, Petersen CL, Cano P, Hswen Y, Serra SV, Elwyn G, Godfrey MM, Soro PS, Tomás JF. Comparing Three Methods for Reducing Psychotropic Use in Older Demented Spanish Care Home Residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 07; 67(7):1444-1453. PMID: 30848834

21.  Rodgers J, Valuev AV, Hswen Y, Subramanian SV. Social capital and physical health: An updated review of the literature for 2007-2018. Soc Sci Med. 2019 09; 236:112360. PMID: 31352315

22.  Hswen, Y., Gopaluni, A., Brownstein, J.S., & Hawkins, J.B. (2019). Using Twitter to detect psychological characteristics of self-identified persons with autism spectrum disorder: A feasibility study. JMIR mHealth uHealth. 7(2), e12264.

23.  Maharana A, Cai K, Hellerstein J, Hswen Y, Munsell M, Staneva V, Verma M, Vint C, Wijaya D, Nsoesie EO. Detecting reports of unsafe foods in consumer product reviews. JAMIA Open. 2019 Oct; 2(3):330-338. PMID: 31984365. PMCID: PMC6951857

24.  Hswen Y, Brownstein JS. Real-Time Digital Surveillance of Vaping-Induced Pulmonary Disease. N Engl J Med. 2019 10 31; 381(18):1778-1780. PMID: 31539466

25.  Hswen Y,* Sadilek A*,, Bavadekar S, Shekel T, Brownstein JS, Gabrilovich E. Lymelight: forecasting Lyme disease risk using web search data. NPJ Digit Med. 2020; 3:16. PMID: 32047861. PMCID: PMC7000681

26.  Hswen Y, Qin Q, Williams DR, Viswanath K, Subramanian SV, Brownstein JS. Online negative sentiment towards Mexicans and Hispanics and impact on mental well-being: A time-series analysis of social media data during the 2016 United States presidential election. Heliyon. 2020 Sep; 6(9):e04910. PMID: 33005781. PMCID: PMC7519357

27.  Xu B, Gutierrez B, Mekaru S, Sewalk K, Goodwin L, Loskill A, Cohn EL, Hswen Y, Hill SC, Cobo MM, Zarebski AE, Li S, Wu CH, Hulland E, Morgan JD, Wang L, O’Brien K, Scarpino SV, Brownstein JS, Pybus OG, Pigott DM, Kraemer MUG. Epidemiological data from the COVID-19 outbreak, real-time case information. Sci Data. 2020 03 24; 7(1):106. PMID: 32210236. PMCID: PMC7093412

28.  Kreps S, Prasad S, Brownstein JS, Hswen Y, Garibaldi BT, Zhang B, Kriner DL. Factors Associated With US Adults’ Likelihood of Accepting COVID-19 Vaccination. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 10 01; 3(10):e2025594. PMID: 33079199. PMCID: PMC7576409

29.  Hswen Y, Zhang A, Sewalk K, Tuli G, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Use of social media to assess the impact of equitable state policies on LGBTQ patient experiences: An exploratory study. Healthc (Amst). 2020 Jun; 8(2):100410. PMID: 32241681. PMCID: PMC7305947

30.  Hswen Y, Zhang A, Brownstein JS. Leveraging black-market street buprenorphine pricing to increase capacity to treat opioid addiction, 2010-2018. Prev Med. 2020 08; 137:106105. PMID: 32353575. PMCID: PMC7333912

31.  Sandifer P, Knapp L, Lichtveld M, Manley R, Abramson D, Caffey R, Cochran D, Collier T, Ebi K, Engel L, Farrington J, Finucane M, Hale C, Halpern D, Harville E, Hart L, Hswen Y, Kirkpatrick B, McEwen B, Morris G, Orbach R, Palinkas L, Partyka M, Porter D, Prather AA, Rowles T, Scott G, Seeman T, Solo-Gabriele H, Svendsen E, Tincher T, Trtanj J, Walker AH, Yehuda R, Yip F, Yoskowitz D, Singer B. Framework for a Community Health Observing System for the Gulf of Mexico Region: Preparing for Future Disasters. Front Public Health. 2020; 8:578463. PMID: 33178663. PMCID: PMC7593336

32.  Kraemer MUG, Sadilek A, Zhang Q, Marchal NA, Tuli G, Cohn EL, Hswen Y, Perkins TA, Smith DL, Reiner RC, Brownstein JS. Mapping global variation in human mobility. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 08; 4(8):800-810. PMID: 32424257

33.  Rader B, Astley CM, Sy KTL, Sewalk K, Hswen Y, Brownstein JS, Kraemer MUG. Geographic access to United States SARS-CoV-2 testing sites highlights healthcare disparities and may bias transmission estimates. J Travel Med. 2020 Nov 09; 27(7). PMID: 32412064. PMCID: PMC7239151

34.  Hswen Y, Qin Q, Williams DR, Viswanath K, Brownstein JS, Subramanian SV. The relationship between Jim Crow laws and social capital from 1997-2014: A 3-level multilevel hierarchical analysis across time, county and state. Soc Sci Med. 2020 10; 262:113142. PMID: 32893046

35.  Hswen Y, Zhang A, Freifeld C, Brownstein JS. Evaluation of Volume of News Reporting and Opioid-Related Deaths in the United States: Comparative Analysis Study of Geographic and Socioeconomic Differences. J Med Internet Res. 2020 07 10; 22(7):e17693. PMID: 32673248. PMCID: PMC7382008

36.  Naslund JA, Hswen Y. Person-based machine learning: Accounting for patient experience to explain the nature of schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2020 Nov 20. PMID: 33229226

37.  Xiong J, Hswen Y, Naslund JA. Digital Surveillance for Monitoring Environmental Health Threats: A Case Study Capturing Public Opinion from Twitter about the 2019 Chennai Water Crisis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 07 14; 17(14). PMID: 32674441. PMCID: PMC7400361

38.  Prasad S. Hswen, Y. Political affiliation and human mobility under stay-at-home orders: a difference-in-difference analysis with county and time fixed effects. Harvard Public Health Review. 2020;28.

39.  Hswen Y, Zhang A, Sewalk KC, Tuli G, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB. Investigation of Geographic and Macrolevel Variations in LGBTQ Patient Experiences: Longitudinal Social Media Analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2020 07 31; 22(7):e17087. PMID: 33137713. PMCID: PMC7428906

40.  Hswen Y, Brownstein JS, Xu X, Yom-Tov E. Early detection of COVID-19 in China and the USA: summary of the implementation of a digital decision-support and disease surveillance tool. BMJ Open. 2020 12 10; 10(12):e041004. PMID: 33303453. PMCID: PMC7733221

41.  Hswen Y, Hawkins JB, Sewalk K, Tuli G, Williams DR, Viswanath K, Subramanian SV, Brownstein JS. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Patient Experiences in the United States: 4-Year Content Analysis of Twitter. J Med Internet Res. 2020 08 21; 22(8):e17048. PMID: 32821062. PMCID: PMC7474415

42.  Lim C, Hswen Y. Using Internet Search Queries on the Public Health Perception of Risk Towards COVID-19 to Predict Domestic Air-Travel Volume in South Korea. Fairness and Equality During Coronavirus. Harvard Public Health Review. 2020;28

43.  Kraemer, M. U., Yang, C. H., Gutierrez, B., Wu, C. H., Klein, B., Pigott, D. M., ..Hswen, Y…. & Brownstein, J. S. (2020). The effect of human mobility and control measures on the COVID-19 epidemic in China. Science, 368(6490), 493-497.

44.  Hswen, Y, Zhang, A.,& Brownstein, J.S. Predicting the Incidence of Cocaine Use and Mortality with Music Lyrics about Cocaine. Nature NPJ Digital Medicine. (Accepted)

45.  Hswen, Y, Zhang, A & Ventelou, B.Estimation of asthma symptom onset using internet search queries. Journal of Medical Internet Research (Accepted)

46.  Hswen, Y.; Xu, X; Hing, A; Hawkins, J.B, Brownstein J.S, Gee, G.C. Words do Matter. Chinese virus vs. Covid19: A Twitter Analysis. American Journal of Public Health (Accepted)

47.  Hswen, Y. Moran, A, Li, A, Simon, D, Hawkins, J. Brownstein, J.S., Block, J. The federal menu labeling law and Twitter discussions about calories: an interrupted time-series analysis. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. (Under Review)

48.  Hswen, Y; Prasad, S, Yom-Tov E, Rutherford, G, Bibbins-Domingo, K. Covidseeker: A geospatial temporal mapping tool for understanding transmission patterns of disease. IJERP (Abstract Published) Manuscript. Under Review

49.  Hswen Y, Thorpe, D, Le-Compte, C, Hakwins J.B, Brownstein J.S. Exploration of online hospital support of Black Lives Matter and the Black Community: A 10-year Twitter analysis. (Under Review)

50.  Thorpe, D. Hawkins J.B, Brownstein J.S. How is discussion of health and risk and public sentiment affected by COVID-19 pandemic mandates in Massachusetts? Under Review. 


Other Creative Activities  

1.  Editor for Special Edition Health Righters and intercollegiate magazine.
Interviewed the musical artist IDK of Warner Brother Records about shifting the narrative about education, music and racial/gender norms. Recruited IDK for the interview and curating articles for special edition for BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

2.  Deputy Editor for the Harvard Public Health Review. Lead editor for special COVID-19 edition related to racial disparities. Curated articles, reviewed and identified reviewers.

3.  Filmed a community based participatory public service announcement for HIV/AIDS with inner city youth in the Boston area. Selected for the 2014 American Public Health Association’s International Film Festival.

Hswen, Y., Bickham, D. Engaging African American Teens in Designing and Co-creating HIV Prevention Videos Using YouTube. 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 2, 2015, Chicago, IL.