- Doctoral Student
Kate Okker-Edging’s research centers around social media and mental health, with the goal of improving mental health for youth/young adults and LGBTQ+ people. She also researches the impact of health communication campaigns on health outcomes.
Kate Okker-Edging is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She investigates the relationship between social media and mental health, focusing on how social media platforms can be leveraged to improve mental health outcomes. She is particularly interested in youth/young adults and LGBTQ+ mental health communication.
Okker-Edging received an M.P.H. and an M.A. in Journalism (concentration in Strategic Communication) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Arabic from Tufts University. Prior to Annenberg, she worked as a researcher at Fors Marsh Group, where she conducted research on health communication campaigns and messaging.
- B.A., Tufts University, 2016
- M.P.H., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2020
- M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2021
"Posttraumatic Stress Related to Orlando Nightclub Shooting: LGBTQ Identity and Media Use." Journal of Loss and Trauma, 2022.
"Individual Disaster Communication in the Latinx Community After Hurricane Harvey: The Role of Disaster Exposure, Perceived Discrimination Stress, and Social Trust." Communication Monographs, 2020.
The Annenberg School Welcomes 15 New Ph.D. Students
The 2022 cohort of doctoral students has a wide range of research interests, including perfectionism, political behavior, social movements, and more.