César G Escobar-Viera, MD, PhD

César G Escobar-Viera, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.
Jamie Martina

Education & Training

Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Asuncion, Paraguay, Facultad de Ciencias Medicas
Health Services Research, University of Florida - Gainesville, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Management and Policy, University of Florida - Gainesville, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Psychiatry, Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Asuncion, Paraguay
Research on Media, Technology, and Health/ Health Policy, University of Pittsburgh
Health Services Research, Stanford University

Current Appointments

Director, Program for Internet Delivered Interventions on LGBTQA+ Mental Health (PRIDE iM)

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Selected Honors & Awards

Invited Participant, Health Disparities Research Institute, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Fulbright Scholarship Award, U.S. Department of State

Research Interests

Depression & suicide prevention among LGBTQ+; Digital mental health interventions, social media; Mixed methods
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Biernesser C, Win E, Escobar-Viera CG, Farzan R, Rose M, Goldstein T. Development and Codesign of Flourish: A digital suicide prevention intervention for LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced online victimization. Internet Interventions. 2023 Dec;34:100663. DOI: 10.1016/j.invent.2023.100663
  2. Escobar-Viera CG, Coulter RWS, Friedman MR, Thoma BC, Switzer GE, Martina JD, Egan JE, Primack BA. The influence of social media experiences and behaviors on depressive symptoms among sexual and gender minority young adults in the United States: Research protocol for a mixed methods longitudinal study. JMIR Research Protocols. 2023 Jan 1;12:e43627 PMID: 36692929
  3. Escobar-Viera CG, Porta G, Coulter RWS, Martina J, Goldbach J, Rollman BL. A chatbot-delivered intervention for optimizing social media use and reducing perceived isolation among rural-living LGBTQ+ youth: Development, acceptability, and utility. Internet Interventions. 2023 Dec,34:100668. PMID: 37746640
  4. Gordon JD, Whitfield DL, Mammadi T, Escobar-Viera CG. Social support-seeking strategies on social media at the intersection of LGBTQ identity and race/ethnicity: Insights for intervention from a qualitative study. JMIR Formative Research. 2023 Oct; 7:e51702. PMID: 37862069
  5. Escobar-Viera CG, Choukas-Bradley S, Sidani J, Maheux A, Roberts S, Rollman BL. Examining social media experiences and attitudes toward technology-based interventions for reducing social isolation among LGBTQ youth living in rural United States: An online qualitative study. Frontiers Digital Health. 2022. doi: 10.3389/fdgth.2022.900695