Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Webinar: Unpacking Toxic Tropes and their Influence on Adolescents and Emerging Adults


Research 2 Practice Webinar: What Do Snapmaps, DMs, and Pop Culture Have in Common? Unpacking Toxic Tropes and their Influence on Adolescents and Emerging Adults


January 11, 2022
12-1pm MST

Virtual- Zoom















The digital world and popular culture shape a larger social context that influences human behaviors and experiences, especially the critical developmental periods of adolescence and emerging adulthood. The webinar presents learnings from empirical studies on the relationship between digital technology, pop culture, and human behavior—including violence risk and related issues. Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH and Rachel Kennedy, MPH,RN will provide nuanced angles on the topic. 













Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH

Social Justice Associates  

Dr. Amy Bonomi is founder of Social Justice Associates, award winning professor and founding director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Michigan State University, and author of more than 150 articles/essays on bias, gender, equity and violence prevention. As founder of SJA, Dr. Bonomi has guided thousands of individuals and teams in DEI quality improvement strategy within business, education, health, legal and non-profit settings.  Prior to founding SJA, Dr. Bonomi was professor and department chair at Michigan State University, chair of MSU’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee, and founding director of MSU’s Women’s Leadership Institute.  Dr. Bonomi is currently serving the Biden administration as co-chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.  Dr. Bonomi received the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology and was Diversity Champion in the College of Social Science at MSU.









Rachel Kennedy, MPH, RN

Professional Research Assistant; Incoming Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
The Injury & Violence Prevention Center  


Rachel is an East Coast native who moved to Colorado and joined the Betz team in the Department of Emergency Medicine in July 2021. She is a Registered Nurse with over five years of experience helping to implement large mixed methods developing mHealth decision aid tools to support survivors of intimate partner and dating violence, both in the US and Kenya. She received a Masters in Public Health and Nursing (MSN/MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently finishing her PhD in Nursing. Her research interests include violence and suicide prevention, developing sustainable resources for vulnerable populations, and community-based, gender-inclusive research.