Munmun De Choudhury is an associate professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where she directs the SocWeB Lab. Dr. De Choudhury’s research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, social media, and health. She is best known for laying the foundation of a new line of research focusing on assessing, understanding, and improving personal and societal mental health from online social interactions.

Doctoral Students (Current)

Vedant Das Swain, coadvised with Dr. Gregory Abowd, is a 5th year CS PhD student working at the intersection of ubiquitous and social computing, with the goal of designing socially-aware context sensing and modeling approaches that can provide comprehensive insights into individual and community behaviors and wellbeing. 

Dong Whi Yoo, coadvised with Dr. Gregory Abowd, is a 5th year HCC PhD student working on conceptualizing and designing new interactive technologies to enable mental health patients and clinicians to integrate patient-contributed data-derived insights into evidence based collaborative decision-making.

Seunghyun Kim (Matt)  is a 4th year CS PhD student interested in emotional analysis through natural language processing techniques. His interest lies in detecting emotions through social media posts and social embeddings to help understand and improve mental health.

Sachin R. Pendse, coadvised with Dr. Neha Kumar, is a 4th year HCC PhD student interested in how identity-based factors (such as culture, race, sexual orientation, and class) influence how we experience and express our mental health, with the goal of designing technology to make it easier for individuals to get personalized and effective mental health support.

Jasmine Moore is a 2nd year PhD student applying mixed methods to explore the construction and social, health, and policy impacts of technology mediated trauma and narratives of populations experiencing violence.

Jiawei Zhou is a 3rd-year HCC PhD student exploring the impacts of collective narratives (e.g., misinformation, harmful speech, and counterspeech) and the role of generative AI in addressing or exacerbating related societal challenges.

David Gomez is a 2nd year Machine Learning PhD student working at the intersection of machine learning, social media, and mental health, with the goal of designing systems that predict the onset of suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Masters Students (Current)


Siva Karthik Ramesh


Shravika Mittal


Hayoung Woo


Kritika Venkatachalam


Zhoujun Sun


Johnny Nguyen

Undergraduate Students (Current)


Benjamin Rochford


Navya Khanna

Postdocs and Research Scientists Alumni

Daejin Choi was a research scientist (2019-2020) who worked on a collaboration with the CDC in building machine learning techniques on ensemble data (social media and syndromic surveillance data) to predict nationwide suicide rates. In September 2020, he joined as an Assistant Professor at Incheon National University.

Talayeh Aledavood was a James S. McDonnell (JSMF) Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research is at the intersection of data science, computational social science, and compuatational psychiatry. She is now the vice head and lecturer at the department of Computer Science at Aalto University, Finland. She also leads the Digital Traces Lab (digitraces lab) at the Aalto University Department of Computer Science.

Mai ElSherief was a postdoctoral fellow working on developing computational methods to detect and characterize the effect of online health misinformation leading to deaths. Prior to that, she obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. Mai is now an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego.

Ph.D. Alumni

Stevie Chancellor is SocWeB Lab’s first Ph.D. student. Stevie graduated with an  HCC PhD in 2019. Her Ph.D. research involved employing computational techniques to understand deviant mental health behaviors online, such as those relating to pro-eating disorder and opioid use disorder. Stevie is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Koustuv Saha graduated with a CS PhD in 2021. During his time in the SocWeB Lab, he worked on developing computational and causal approaches to infer the wellbeing of situated communities (such as college students and corporate employees) with social media and other complementary multisensor data. Koustuv is now a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, Montreal.

Sindhu Kiranmai Ernala graduated with a CS PhD in 2021. During her time in the SocWeB Lab, she worked on employing machine learning to examine and use social media as an interventional platform for mental health and thereby to improve patient-centric and clinical outcomes. Sindhu is now a Research Scientist at Facebook.

M.S. and B.S. Alumni

Abhirup Mondal (MS CS)
Sejal Sarkar (MS HCI)
Devashru Patel (BS CS, MS CSH)
Morteza Maleki (MS Analytics)
Vyshnavi Namani (BS Computational Media)
Sukriti Bhardwaj (BS CS)
Princess Sampson (BS CS)
Hamna Khan (BS CS, MS CS)
Aditi Bhatnagar (MS HCI)
Anjali Devakumar (MS HCI)
Sanjana Garg (MS CS)
Kathan Kashiparekh (MS CS)
Neharika Khandavalli (MS HCI)
Haomin Lin (MS CSE)
Hasong Ma (MS CS)
Jay Modh (MS HCI)
Jordan Taylor (MS CS)
Jiajia Xie (MS CSE)
Abhirup Ghosh (BS CS)
Nicholas Jaffe (BS CS)
Chaitanya Konjeti (BS CS)
Savannah Lo (BS CS)
Devashru Patel (BS CS, MS ML)
Adam Pendry (BS CS)
Joshua Philipose (BS CS, MS CS)
Jordyn Seybolt
Michael Xiao (BS CS)
Gayeon (Sarah) Yoo (BS CS)
Kelsie Belan (MS HCI)
Pranshu Gupta (MS CS)
Lu Meng (MS HCI)
Shrija Mishra (MS CS)
Osama Sakhi (MS CS)
Domino Weir (MS CS)
Asra Yousuf (MS CSE)
Victor Chen (BS CS)
Manikanta D. Reddy (MS CS)
Sang Chan Kim (BS CS)
Jayant Jain (MS CS)

Hemang Rajvanshy (BS CS)
Yujia Gao (BS CS)
Benjamin Sugar (MS Digital Media)
Tahirah Ahmad (BS CS)
Sheryl Ratnam (MS CS)
Akshay Agarwal (MS CS)
Sudeep Agarwal (BS CS)
Kunal Agarwal (MS Bioinformatics)
William Agnew (BS Math)
Sairam Balani (MS CS)
Fred Bane (MS CS)
Lawrence Chan (MS HCI)
Cheryl Huimin Cheong (MS HCI)
Ishita Chordia (MS CS)
Subhajit Das (MS CS)
Shantanu Uday Deshpande (MS CS)
Amelia Glaese (MS CS)
Naman Goyal (MS CS)
Andrea Hu (BS CS; MS CS)
Sonal Jain (MS CS)
Koushik Krishnan (BS CS)
Mrinal Kumar (MS CS)
Tristan Labetoulle (MS CS)
Paul Lazarus (MS HCI)
Michael Lin (BS CS)
Zhiyuan (Jerry) Lin (BS CS)
Jennifer Ma (MS CS)
Raksha Muthukumar (BS CS)
Gina Nguyen (MS HCI)
Oriana Ott (MS HCI)
Biswajyoti Pal (MS CS)
Srinidhi Palwayi (BS CS)
Amol Parikh (MS CS)
Prajwal Rajendra Prasad (MS CS)
Sanket Sharma (MS CS)
Karthik Uppuluri (BS CS)
Piper Vornholt (MS HCI)
Francisco Zampieri (BS CS)