University of Maryland

Youth Health


  • HackHealth – The goal is to increase the interest of middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the health sciences and to improve their ability to look for and evaluate health-related information, their health-related literacy and self-efficacy, and their ultimate health outcomes. We are entering a new era in which people are increasingly interested in, and expected to take stewardship of their own health. Along with this desire and responsibility comes the need to be able to effectively and efficiently find, assess, and enact personally relevant health-related information within one’s day-to-day life. Today’s youth have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about and adapt healthy habits that will help them to maximize their chances for living long, healthy lives. However, this opportunity can only be realized if youth have both the requisite information and digital literacy skills and a strong sense of self-efficacy when it comes to their health.


  • Beth St Jean – University of Maryland
  • Mega Subramaniam – University of Maryland

Papers, Reports and Other Publications

  • Kodama, C., St. Jean, B., Subramaniam, M., & Taylor, N. G. (2017). “There’s a creepy guy on the other end at Google!: Engaging middle school students in a drawing activity to elicit their mental models of Google. Information Retrieval Journal. Available:
  • St. Jean, B., Taylor, N. G., Kodama, C., & Subramaniam, M. (2017). Assessing the health information source perceptions of tweets using card-sorting exercises. Journal of Information Science. Available:
  • St. Jean, B., Taylor, N. G., Kodama, C., & Subramaniam, M. (2017). Assessing the digital health literacy skills of tween participants in a school-library-based after school program. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 21(1), 40-61. Available:
  • Subramaniam, M., St. Jean, B., Taylor, N. G., Kodama, C., Follman, R., & Casciotti, D. (2015). Bit by bit: Using design-based research to improve the health literacy of adolescents. JMIR Research Protocols, 4(2), e62. Available:
  • Subramaniam, M., Taylor, N. G., St. Jean, B., Follman, R., & Kodama, C. (2015). As simple as that?: Tween credibility assessment in a complex online world. Journal of Documentation, 71(3), 550-571. Available:
  • St. Jean, B., Subramaniam, M., Taylor, N. G., Follman, R., Kodama, C., & Casciotti, D. (2015). The influence of positive hypothesis testing on youths’ online health-related information seeking. New Library World, 116(3/4), 136-154. Available:

Upcoming Events

  • Information Behavior reading group
  • Paper clinic for ASIS&T (probably in late March, just after Spring Break)

Funding and Grants