Natalie Bazarova

Natalie Bazarova is an Associate Professor of Communication and a field member of Information Science at Cornell. Her research focuses on the study of bystander intervention, cyberbullying and online harassment, digital literacy, and privacy and self-disclosure in social media and mobile contexts. She currently co-leads a Collaborative Project on Prosocial Behaviors sponsored by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences and co-directs the Social Media TestDrive project, which teaches youth digital citizenship skills and prosocial behaviors in social media. Natalie serves on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Communication, and Social Media + Society. She can be reached at


Janis Whitlock

janis_whitlockJanis Whitlock is the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Janis has worked extensively in the area of adolescent and women’s health and possesses formal training in Public Health and Human Development. She is particularly interested in the social, cultural, and contextual factors which influence adolescent development and identity formation. She has published in the areas of adolescent connectedness to school and community and, more recently, in self-injurious behavior in adolescents and young adults.

Dan Cosley

dan_cosleyDan Cosley is an associate professor of Information Science at Cornell University who does research around human-computer interaction and social media. His high-level research goal is to build systems that leverage people’s pre-existing behavior in digital media to create new individual and social goods. He values interdisciplinary research, sees research experience as a core component of undergraduate as well as graduate education, and prefers work that makes contributions both to academia and to society more broadly. Find his website here.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Yoon Choi

Dr. Yoon Hyung Choi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Social Media Lab. Her research focuses on computer-mediated communication, with a focus on mediated social interactions, self-disclosure, and subjective well-being. Yoon received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Shruti Sannon

Shruti studies how people navigate privacy issues and protect their privacy in multiple technological contexts. She is also interested in how privacy decision-making can be additionally complex for vulnerable populations. She employs a range of methods in her work, including interviews, experiments, surveys, and content analyses. Shruti can be reached at or found on Twitter @shsannon. Her website is at

Amanda Purington

Amanda PuringtonMandy studies the intersection of family and digital communication. She is particularly interested in how technology impacts communication between parents/guardians and their adolescent children, both negatively and positively, and the effect of this on  development, health, and wellbeing.

Aparajita Bhandari

Aparajita is interested in social media, mental health, big data, and digital mindfulness. She is also interested in how social media is used to bridge micro and macro level interactions, particularly in the contexts of civic engagement.



Katy Miller

Katy is the Social Media Lab’s manager and research aide. She joined the lab after earning a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from Missouri State University. Katy oversees the day-to-day operations of the SML; if you have questions about getting involved or think the Lab can help you on one of your projects, you can contact Katy at


The Social Media Lab has been home to a number of talented faculty members and graduate students since its beginning nearly a decade ago. Although they’ve moved on, they’re still valued collaborators and good friends. You can read more about them, their accomplishments, and their current projects on our Alumni page.