The SAFELab is a research initiative focused on examining the ways in which youth of color navigate violence on and offline.
Drawing on computational and social work approaches to research, we engage in qualitative and natural language processing methods to understand the mechanisms of violence, joy, and grief—and how these things show up online. We examine how to support youth of Color in navigating grief & violence in social media environments. Additionally, SAFELab is dedicated to researching innovative methods to promote joy and healing in digital contexts.
Established at Columbia University's School of Social Work, SAFELab relocated in 2022 to the University of Pennsylvania, where it is affiliated with the School of Social Policy and Practice and the Annenberg School for Communication.
New Research Alert!
We are now enrolling participants for a story about integrating emotional stories online.
Led by Dr. Desmond Upton Patton and Dr. Aviv Landau, SAFELab has a number of staff and fellows at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a network of co-investigators and affiliates.
Interim President Wendell Pritchett and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein announce the appointment of Desmond Upton Patton as the University of Pennsylvania’s thirty-first Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective July 1, 2022.