This NIH Funded study (#R01NR01492) was the first ever to demonstrate that we use social media to improve health behaviors. We created and evaluated Just/Us, a Facebook page designed for inner city minority youth to maintain healthy sexual behaviors to reduce sexually transmitted infections.

Following is a list of publications and a video link describing the study:

Bull, S., Levine, D., Black, S. Santelli, J. 2014. Recruitment and retention of high-risky youth for research using social media. Vulnerable Children and youth. In Press.

Black, S.*, Schmiege, S.J., Bull, S. 2013. Actual versus perceived sexual risk among peers in online social networks. Transitional Behavioral Medicine. 3(3):312-319. 

Bull, S., Levine, D., Black, S., Schmiege, S. Santelli, J. 2012. Social Media-Delivered Sexual Health Intervention: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Prevention Medicine. 43(5):467-474.

Allison, S., Bauermeister, J., Bull, S., Lightfoot, M., Mustanski, B., Shegog, R., Levine, D. 2012. Research at the Intersection of Youth, Technology & New Media, and Sexual Health: Moving the Agenda Forward. Journal of Adolescent Health. 51(3):207-212.

Bull, S., Breslin, L., Wright, E., Black, S., Levine, D., Santelli, J. 2011. An ethics case study of HIV prevention research on Facebook: The Just/Us Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 36(10):1082-1092.

Levine, D., Madsen, A., Barar, R., Wright, E.*, Bull, S. 2011. Asynchronous Focus Groups on My Space: Creating Cultural and Environmental Relevance for Hard-to-Reach Populations. Journal of Health Communication. 16(4): 448-54.