This area has been a core thread in my research since early in graduate school. A main interest of mine with SNA is examining how the structure of networks promote or constrain a population's diffusion potential. Over the years this has taken a number of forms, and has involved a lot of fun methods & collaborators.
From Behaviors to Identities
Over the past few years, I've worked with David Schaefer to use recent advances in statistically modeling the coevolution of social network and behavioral data--via exponential random graph (ERG) and stochastic actor based (SAB) models--to examine smoking behavior and intervention potentials. Recently, we've begun thinking about new ways to use these models that is more consistent with theories of religious and health "identities."
HIV (& other STD) epidemic modeling
This area of my work all started out with thinking about the spread (or control) of HIV in a variety of populations. I've worked with primary data (in Malawi), secondary data (from Colorado Springs; here's a clip of the PI talking about the launch of the project), and simulations in this work. The punchline is that structural features of networks can operate independently of individual level behaviors to substantially alter a population's epidemic potential. In next phases of this work, I'm aiming to combine ethnographic data with agent based models to make sense of how these patterns are altered when multiplex networks combine in complementary and contradictory ways.
Networks & Health
While the strands described above highlight some specific projects, this all fits within a broader interest of thinking about how health and networks are related in a broad sense. Recent advances in this field can be seen in our recent special issue of Network Science.
- 2017. James Moody, jimi adams & Martina Morris. "Epidemic potential by sexual activity distributions." Network Science 5(4): 461-475.
- 2016. jimi adams & David R. Schaefer. "How Initial Prevalence Moderates Network-Based Smoking Change: Estimating Contextual Effects with Stochastic Actor Based Models." Journal of Health & Social Behavior 57(1):22-38.
- 2013. David R. Schaefer, jimi adams & Steven A. Haas. "Social Networks and Smoking: Exploring the Effects of Influence and Smoker Popularity through Simulations." Health Education & Behavior 40(S1):24-32.
- 2013. jimi adams, James Moody & Martina Morris. "Sex, Drugs & Race: How Behaviors Differentially Contribute to STI-Risk Network Structure."American Journal of Public Health 103(2):322-329.