Maria D. Molina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations. She received her PhD in Mass Communications from Penn State University.
Her research explores the real-life and societal benefits of sharing online, and the role played by technological affordances in the process. Two areas currently define her research. First, the role played by technological affordances in promoting sharing of both positive content (e.g., reporting workouts in fitness apps for motivating healthy lifestyle) and negative content (e.g., spreading fake news via social media). Secondly, she is exploring automated tools using AI for flagging problematic content such as suicidal ideation and hate speech, particularly investigating how to increase user acceptance and understanding of such AI-based systems.