Penn Nursing's Robin Stevens Wins APHA 2019 Early Career Award

Penn Nursing's Robin Stevens Wins APHA 2019 Early Career Award

LDI Senior Fellow Cited for "Outstanding and Promising Contributions"

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Assistant Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Robin Stevens has won the 2019 Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Robin Stevens, APHS Award


Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH

Stevens, PhD, MPH, is a faculty member in Penn Nursing's Department of Family and Community Health and Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab where research is focused on achieving health equity in African American and Latino communities.

Outstanding contributions
The annual award recognizes "outstanding and promising contributions to the practice and profession of health education, health promotion, and/or health communication." Stevens will accept the award at the APHA annual meeting and expo in the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the first week of November.

Her research integrates public health and communication science to influence the individual, social and structural determinants that drive health inequity. Her area of expertise is in examining the relationship between new and traditional media and adolescent risk behavior.

Data science and youth
Her community-engaged research seeks ways to used data science to improve the health and well-being of youth. She uses digital epidemiology to investigate social media’s effects on substance use, sexual risk behavior, and mental health. 

Stevens received her AB from Harvard College, MPH from University of Michigan, and PhD from Penn's Annenberg School for Communication. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Research at the University of California-San Francisco and a Senior Fellow at the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives.