Mia Jovanova

Mia Jovanova

(she/her) PhD Candidate

University of Pennsylvania


I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in May 2023. Previously, I worked at the Health Communication lab at Cornell University, where I graduated from in 2017. I come from North Macedonia and grew up in Spain.

I am interested in what digital technologies, like smartphones and wearables, and the human brain, can reveal about people’s thoughts, feelings, social interactions, and behaviors; and how we can use digital technologies to improve health and well-being. My research integrates insights from psychology, social neuroscience, and computational modeling to study social and mediated influences on behavior and to develop digital interventions. Read more about my projects here.

Interests
  • Health psychology
  • Social influence
  • Behavior change
  • Social neuroscience
  • Longitudinal mobile sampling
  • Machine learning
  • Person-specific models
Education
  • PhD in Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2023 expected

  • MA in Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2018

  • BSc in Communication, Cornell University, 2017

Publications & Preprints

Conferences

(2022). A person-specific approach to study health behavior: proof of concept with alcohol use. Talk submitted to the Annual International Communication Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2023.

(2022). Open science, equal citations? Investigating gendered citation practices within open science and communication research. Talk presented at the Annual International Communication Association Conference, Paris, France, May 2022.

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(2021). Brain responses to peers moderate peer influence effects on drinking. Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Communication Science & Biology Division, virtual conference.

(2021). Mentalizing and reward brain responses and social influence on drinking. Talk and poster presented at the Social Affective Neuroscience Society, virtual conference.

(2021). Social network position and susceptibility to conversational influence on drinking . Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division, virtual conference.

Preprint

(2021). Social outcomes of emotion regulation. Talk presented to the Society for Affective Science, virtual conference.

(2020). Brain system integration and message consistent health behavior change [Top paper award*]. Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Communication and Biology Interest Group, virtual conference.

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(2020). A smartphone-based intervention: Using cognitive distance to reduce drinking. Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division, virtual conference.

(2019). Neural mechanisms of health information propagation on social media. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the European Health Psychology Society, Dubrovnik, Croatia.