Rachel Kornfield, PhD
Rachel Kornfield is a health communication researcher specializing in applying emerging communication technologies to improve mental health. Rachel completed her PhD in Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation work examined online peer-to-peer support forums for depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health conditions. Specifically, these studies asked how design elements of these forums (e.g., anonymity, privacy) facilitate or hinder therapeutic self-disclosure and social support exchange. Now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, Rachel’s current research focuses on supporting individuals with depression and anxiety through online communication with peers, coaches, and automated conversational agents.