Robert P. Gauthier is a PhD Student from the School of Public Health. He is currently studying online communities and how researchers can gain understandings from them and apply these understandings to public health.
Recently he has explored how the sensitive topic of addiction recovery is supported by the online platform Reddit, by using topic modelling from machine learning. He intends to investigate how approaches that use machine learning can be made more accessible to allow non-technical experts to leveraging of online communities such as Reddit, in their health research into emerging areas such as the gaming disorder from world health organization’s IDC-11. He has also presented some of his research at 2018's GRADTalks conference.