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Michelle Colder Carras
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"My normal approach is useless here."--xkcd
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The first journal article on the Veterans’ Use of Video Games Study has been accepted for publication at Social Science and Medicine! In this study of 20 US military veteran gamers who were in mental or behavioral health treatment talked to us about their…
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After a fairly successful presentation at the Johns Hopkins Division of Health Sciences Informatics Grand Rounds on Friday, I took a day off for the first time in a long time and am now back to trying to figure out which next step (or steps) I’ll take…
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Over 10 years ago, I spent a lot of time researching World of Warcraft linguistics in an attempt to prevent other players from killing my character. I didn’t like being on a PvP server, but all of my friends and family were there, so I wasn’t about to…
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What’s the best way to have a scientific debate? I think, especially when it comes to public health research, the answer is not “through memes”. When this happened to me the other day, I didn’t think much of it. I consider myself a pretty hip researcher.…
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I crashed the Psychiatric Epidemiology Journal Club meeting on Friday, even though I’m no longer a fellow[1], because the journal article talked about selective reporting in studies of diagnostic tests[2], which is highly relevant to my interests in…
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Just a quick post today to say keep an eye out here for new articles. I’ve been working with Alain Labrique, Antonius van Rooij, Daniel Kardefelt-Winther, and many more collaborators over the last few months/years, and suddenly a few pieces are coming out…
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  In lieu of a formal post, here’s the Lay Abstract and Quad Chart from the grant submission. I really hope it will get funded as a lot of people have put in a good amount of time to give their thoughts and advice on it! If you’re in a position to help…
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I was thinking last night about how I ended up writing a grant application to study suicide prevention and peer support in military service members. It has to do with a player in World of Warcraft who went by the name of Ironthurm (not his real character…
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  I went to the memorial service for my first mentor yesterday, and I was struck not only by how many people’s lives he had changed but also by the universal conclusion that he was a rebel, a social justice warrior, and a disruptor. He started out as a…
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Well, after not writing grants during my postdoc (because we’re told a postdoc isn’t the time to write grants), I’m finally putting my ideas into potentially fundable projects. I’ve had a list of partially-written projects with justification, aims, etc. …
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