Neil Seeman

BA (Hons.) Queen’s University at Kingston
JD (University of Toronto)
MPH (Harvard University)

Research Interests

  • Mental Health Stigma
  • Global Public Health
  • Public Health Security
  • Vaccine Deliberation and Hesitancy
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Big Data in Healthcare
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Global Survey Research
  • Post-partisanship and Brokered Dialogue
  • Mental Health Stigma
  • Global Public Health
  • Public Health Security
  • Vaccine Deliberation and Hesitancy
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Big Data in Healthcare
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Global Survey Research
  • Post-partisanship and Brokered Dialogue

Professional Interests

  • Internet Trends
  • Public Health Security
  • Vaccine Deliberation and Hesitancy
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Online Misinformation and Disinformation
  • Global Survey Research
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Mental Health Stigma
  • Investigative Journalism in Public Health

Other Affiliations

Founder, Chairman, RIWI Corp.

Senior Fellow, Massey College

https://riwi.com

Impact

Provided the machine-learning data feeds for the following public health impact initiatives:

Generation Distress. Youth Mental Health – Torstar, in partnership with the Investigative Journalism Bureau, Dalla Lana School of Public Health. November, December (2020).

https://projects.thestar.com/youth-mental-health/

Investigative Journalism Bureau Interview (2021):

https://ijb.utoronto.ca/news/collaborator-profiles/neil-seeman/

Poe, C.A., Frappier, K., Wishah, I., Migration Pulse: Nigeria. UN World Food Programme. United Nations. September (2019). https://docs.wfp.org/api/documents/WFP-0000118145/download/

Roder-DeWan, S., Gage, A.D., Hirschhorn, L.R., Twum-Danso, N.A.Y., Liljestrand, J., Asante-Shongwe, K., et al. Expectations of healthcare quality: A cross-sectional study of internet users in 12 low- and middle-income countries. PLoS Medicine 16(8):e1002879.

https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002879 (2019).

Roder-DeWan, S., Gage, A., Hirschhorn, L.R., Twum-Danso, N.A.Y., Lijestrand, J., Asante-Shongwe, K., et al. Level of confidence in and endorsement of the health system among internet users in 12 low-income and middle-income countries. British Medical Journal - Global Health 5:e002205.

https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/8/e002205 (2020).

Hoy, C., Mager, F.: American exceptionalism? Differences in the elasticity of preferences for redistribution between the United States and Western Europe. Society for the Study of Economic Inequality. March. http://www.ecineq.org/milano/WP/ECINEQ2020-530.pdf  (2020).

Testolin, G., Bottone, R.: Remote Assessment COVID-19 – Latin America and the Caribbean. UN World Food Programme. United Nations. June (2020).

https://rbp-covid-unwfp.hub.arcgis.com/pages/impact-assessments

Recanatini, F., Hamilton, E., Al Dardari, A., El-Attar, M.A., De Cosmo, S. Heger, K. Roland Lomme, R., Saba, J., Seligmann, R.,  Soliman, A.: Building for Peace: Reconstruction for Security, Sustainable Peace, and Equity in the Middle East and North Africa. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/ World Bank, Washington, D.C. World Bank. July (2020). https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/mena/publication/building-for-peace-reconstruction-for-security-sustainable-peace-and-equity-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa

UN Women: Rapid Assessment: The Effects of COVID-19 on Violence Against Women and Gendered Social Norms. UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States. United Nations. August (2020).

https://arabstates.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2020/08/brief-the-effects-of-covid-19-on-violence-against-women-and-gendered-social-norms#view

Bell, D., Blanchflower, D.: US and UK labour markets before and during the Covid-19 crash.    National Institute Economic Review, 252, R52-R69. doi:10.1017/nie.202014 (2020).

Megan, E., Hoffarth, M.R., Prusaczyk, E., MacInnis, C., Hodson, G.: A multilevel analysis of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) rights support across 77 countries: The role of contact and country laws. British Journal of Social Psychology, December (2020). https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12436 (2020).

Mellon, J., Tiago, P., Sjoberg, F.M., Varun, G.: Trickle down tax morale: A cross-country survey experiment. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 9507. World Bank, Washington, DC. World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35013 (2021).

Select Articles

Seeman, N., Ing, A., Rizo, C.: Assessing and responding in real time to online anti-vaccine sentiment during a flu pandemic. Healthcare Quarterly 13 (Spec No): 8-15 (2010).

Seeman, N.: Funding IVF in Quebec: Mining the Web to access public support for policy change. Electronic Healthcare  9 (4): e3-e6 (2011).

Rizo C., Deshpande A., Ing A., Seeman, N.: A rapid, Web-based method for obtaining patient views on effects and side-effects of antidepressants. Journal of Affective Disorders 130 (1-2) : 290-293 (2011).

Seeman, N.: Use data to challenge mental-health stigma. Nature 528 (7582): 309 (2015).

Seeman, N., Tang, S., Brown, A.D., Ing. A.: World survey of mental illness stigma. Journal of Affective Disorders 190:115-121 (2016).

Seeman, N., Fogler, S.G., Seeman, M.V.: Mental health promotion through collection of global opinion data. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Care 1 (1): 23-36 (2016).

Seeman, N., Reilly, D.K., Fogler S.: Suicide risk factors in U.S. college students: Perceptions differ in men and women. Suicidology Online 8: 24-30 (2017).

Seeman, N., Seeman, B., Monitoring receptivity to online health messages by tracking daily Web traffic engagement patterns: A review of more than 13 million US Web exposures over 1,235 days. Healthcare Quarterly 20 (3): 47-51 (2017).

Seeman, M.V., Seeman, N., Cho, J.A.: Worldwide preferences for natural remedies for ‘nervousness’ and common colds. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science 3 (1): 1 (2018).

Seeman, N.: Goldfarb, D., Kuzan, E., Seeman, M.V.: Feasibility of obtaining sufficient numbers of responses to questions about travel intentions, thereby facilitating effective health messaging. International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health. 7 (2): 48-52 (2019).

Seeman, N.: The Anxiety of Walking About: Eight Countries at Different Stages of the COVID-19. Resint Research Review. 4 (1): 15-19 May (2020). https://riwi.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ResInt-Research-Review-2020.pdf

Seeman, N., Seeman, M.V.: An anonymous survey method for obtaining sensitive, personal, or embarrassing information in the context of mental illness stigma. SAGE Research Methods Cases. https://methods.sagepub.com/case/anonymous-survey-method-sensitive-information-context-mental-ill-stigma   (2020).

Awards and Honours

  • Listed, Canadian Who’s Who (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2002-present)
  • Donner book finalist award, XXL: Obesity and the Limits of Shame (Univ. of Toronto, 2012)
  • 2012 Association of American University Presses “Outstanding” Designation
  • 2013 IIeX Philadelphia Winner of Most Innovative Data Company in the world
  • 2014 NGMR Data Disruptor Award (awarded in Boca Raton, Florida)
  • 2014 Voted "20 Global Researchers to Watch": Survey Magazine
  • 2015 Technology Trendsetter Award: Survey Magazine
  • 2013 - 2018 Top 50 Most Innovative Data Firms in world, awarded by GRIT-AMA
  • 2019, 2020 Top 400 Fastest-Growing Companies Awards (Report on Business, Globe and Mail)
  • 2020 Financial Times, Top 500 Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies Award
  • 2020 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Company to Watch award
  • 2021 Top 30 Finalist, Sternfels Prize for Drug Safety Discoveries

Publications

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