Jason Colditz, MEd

Program Coordinator

Jason ColditzBiography

Jason has served in variety of research roles since 2006: working across fields of psychology, education, psychiatry, and general medicine. He joined the MTH team in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing day-to-day center operations. He currently directs interdisciplinary efforts in analyzing health-related data from the Twitter social media platform and manages Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center resources for MTH. For his PhD work, Jason is particularly interested in understanding contexts of peer support and recovery capital in online forums that focus on problematic substance use. Additional research interests include understanding social media user typologies, early-intervention approaches for substance use disorders, and developing reproducible methods for analyzing and drawing generalizable conclusions from online “big data.” 


PhD (in progress), Clinical and Translational Science—University of Pittsburgh

MEd, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education—University of Pittsburgh

BS, Communications and Psychology, German minor—University of Pittsburgh

AA, Psychology—Community College of Allegheny County

Active Projects

Title: Leveraging Twitter to Monitor Nicotine and Tobacco-Related Cancer Communication
Role: Program Coordinator and Software Development Lead
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: R01-CA225773
Years: 2018-2022

Title: Optimizing Mental Health in the Age of Social Media
Role: Program Coordinator
Funding Agency: Fine Foundation
Years: 2017-2019

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications (See More)

  1. Colditz JB, Chu K, Emery S, Welling J, Larkin CR, James AE, Primack BA. Toward real-time infoveillance of Twitter health messages. American Journal of Public Health. 2018;108(8). doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304497

  2. Colditz JB, Woods MS, Primack BA. Adolescents seeking online health information: Topics, approaches, and challenges [invited book chapter]. Technology and Adolescent Health. 2018. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69638-6

  3. Colditz JB, Welling J, Smith NA, James AE, Primack BA. World Vaping Day: contextualizing vaping culture in online social media using a mixed methods approach. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2017:1-20. doi: 10.1177/1558689817702753

  4. Colditz JB, Chu K, Switzer GE, Pelechrinis K, Primack BA. Online data to contextualize waterpipe tobacco smoking establishments surrounding large U.S. universities. Health Informatics Journal. 2018. doi: 10.1177/1460458217754242

  5. Colditz JB, Ton J, James AE, Primack BA. Toward effective water pipe tobacco control policy in the US: Synthesis of federal, state, and local policy texts. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2016;31(4):302-309. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.150218-QUAL-736


Email: colditzjb@pitt.edu

Twitter: @ColditzJB