Megan Threats is interested in eliminating health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority communities of color. Her program of research centers on leveraging informatics and social computing technologies to support health promotion and disease prevention. She also investigates how socio-ecological factors influence the health information practices of young adults. Threats is Visiting Research Faculty at the Yale School of Public Health in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. She is also a faculty affiliate at the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at New York University.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., Information and Library Science
M.S., Library and Information Science
Michigan State University
B.A. (dual) , Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy & Comparative Cultures and Politics
Megan Threats aims to use a critical theoretical and community-engaged approach, integrating information science and public health, to develop user-centered, culturally appropriate HIV/STI behavioral interventions. She investigates the influence of socio-ecological factors on health information practices and sexual and reproductive healthcare utilization. The goal of her research is to leverage information and technologies to improve the health outcomes of sexual and gender minority communities of color and reduce the subsequent health disparities affecting these populations. Threats has been a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, McNair Scholar, and is currently a Forward Fellow in the Social Intervention Group at Columbia University.
Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters
Barry, M. C., Threats, M., Blackburn, N. A., LeGrand, S., Dong, W., Pulley, D. V., ... & Muessig, K. E. (2018). “Stay strong! keep ya head up! move on! it gets better!!!!”: resilience processes in the healthMpowerment online intervention of young black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. AIDS care, 30(sup5), S27-S38.
Flaherty, M. G., Threats, M., & Kaplan, S. J. (2018). Patients’ Health Information Practices and Perceptions of Provider Knowledge in the Case of the Newly Discovered Alpha-gal Food Allergy. Journal of Patient Experience, 7(1), 132-139.
Gibson, A., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Threats, M. (2018). Critical race theory in the LIS curriculum. Re-envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 44B), Emerald Publishing Limited, 49-70.
Threats, M. (2019). The influence of socio-technical environments on the information behaviors and HIV risk reduction behaviors of Black gay men. Association for Library and Information Science Educators Conference Proceedings.
Threats, M. (2019, October). The information practices of HIV positive Black gay men post-diagnosis. SIG-USE Symposium, Association for Information Science and Technology – Annual Meeting. Melbourne, AU.
Awards & Recognitions
· Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2019
· Clarivate Analytics/Medical Library Association Doctoral Fellowship, 2018
· American Library Association Emerging Leader, 2013
· 1st Place, Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE)/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition (2019)
· Winner, Association for Information Science & Technology Student Poster Competition, Special Interest Group for Health Informatics (SIGHI) (2019)
- Behavior Change
- Community-Based Research
- Critical Media and Information, Culture, and Society
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health Communication
- Health informatics
- Health Information Behavior
- Health Promotion
- Health Services
- Human Information Behavior
- Information Seeking
- Information Services
- Qualitative Research
- Race and Ethnicity
- Relationships and Social Networks
- Social Media
- Social Support
- Young Adults