Dr. Edmund W. J. Lee is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). He is also the recipient of the prestigious College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) International Postdoctoral Fellowship (HIPF) from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore that supports his postdoctoral training at Harvard. Dr. Lee graduated with a PhD in Communication Studies from NTU.
Dr. Lee is a public health communication scientist and his research largely focuses on the impact of communication technologies (e.g., social media, smartphones) and artificial intelligence on society. He has worked on large-scale nationally representative surveys examining psycho-social factors associated with problematic social media use. His projects have also investigated the relationship between addictive technology use and its impact on depression and loneliness, as well as the practical strategies that individuals could take to attenuate negative effects. Currently he is working on projects that utilize machine learning techniques to understand how information flow on social media impacts public and mental health.
He has published widely in leading communication and media journals such as New Media & Society, Computers in Human Behavior, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, and Social Media + Society. One of his recent papers on social media addiction entitled “Explicating problematic social network sites use: A review of concepts, theoretical frameworks, and future directions for communication theorizing” has been awarded the Best Published Article Award 2019 by the Children, Adolescents, and Media Division at the International Communication Association.