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My PhD thesis looked into the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy in Ontario and how policymakers are making sense of the use of social media to strengthen public confidence in vaccines. The 3-part thesis has the following components: first, I used social network analysis (e.g., ERGM) to model and analyze the factors influencing vaccine sentiment on Twitter; second, a mixed methods content analysis and cross tabulation was carried out to analyze whether pro- and anti-vaccine users exhibit pronounced differences in behavioral attributes (e.g., health-seeking behavior, platform-specific sharing practices, emotion); third, I conducted a case study using in-depth interview with key informants in immunization policy-making coupled with document analysis to understand the barriers and opportunities to increasing public confidence in vaccines using social media in Ontario.

I obtained a Health Policy PhD from McMaster University, MSc in Public Health Policy and Management from National Taiwan University, and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (summa cum laude). Additional qualifications include: Global Health and STI/HIV prevention graduation certification from the Department of Global Health in the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. I am a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington since 2011 and Taiwan since 2008. I have worked for the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, CDC-Taiwan, and have volunteered in the US, Poland, and Thailand with organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the Hepatitis-C Outreach Program, King County Harm Reduction Program, Timmy Global Health, and Ban-Hom-Hug HIV/AIDS orphanage.

I also freelance as an English-to-Chinese translator/interpreter for clients in medicine, nursing, neuroscience, and public health. I was a singer/songwriter (2009-2011), my songs were frequently featured in commercials for companies like Häagen-Dazs, Taiwan High Speed Rail, BenQ, Watsons, Toyota, Nissan, Levis, and many beverage and apparel companies. Thanks for visiting!

-Melodie