I am a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Systems Impact postdoctoral fellow, dividing my time between Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University since October 2019. At PHO, I am primarily interested in exploring stakeholder perspectives (e.g., policymakers, decision-makers, and research scientists) on the intended use of Artificial Intelligence for equitable access to immunization services and delivery. I was a postdoctoral research fellow (2019) and a current research collaborator at Ted Rogers School of Information Technology, Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, specializing in social media network analysis on public opinion regarding health misinformation.

I graduated with a PhD in Health Policy, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), McMaster University in September 2018, where my supervisor was Julia Abelson, director of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences Public & Patient Engagement Collaborative where I received my training. Trained at the prestigious National Taiwan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (2009) and a Masters of Science in Public Health Policy and Management 2011), I co-led and supported various research initiatives funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, having received training in social & spatial geographical epidemiology training at the National Health Command Center at Taiwan-CDC, as well as in the Department of Global Health, University of Washington, USA, specializing in HIV/STI prevention, and studied social psychology at the University of Helsinki — all funded by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.


Abul-Fottouh, Deena, Melodie Yunju Song, and Anatoliy Gruzd. “Examining Algorithmic Biases in YouTube’s Recommendations of Vaccine Videos.” International Journal of Medical Informatics, May 19, 2020, 104175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104175.
Hoffman, S. J., Mammone, J., Van Katwyk, S. R., Sritharan, L., Tran, M., Al-Khateeb, S., Song, Y.J. & Mahendren, M. (2019). Cigarette consumption estimates for 71 countries from 1970 to 2015: systematic collection of comparable data to facilitate quasi-experimental evaluations of national and global tobacco control interventions. bmj365.
Song, M. Y. J., & Gruzd, A. (2017, July). Examining sentiments and popularity of pro-and anti-vaccination videos on YouTube. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society (pp. 1-8).

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