Megan Threats, a doctoral candidate at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded a 2019 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Beta Phi Mu national honor society.
Threats is a 2011 graduate of Michigan State University and a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University, where she was the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the Master's Prize of Excellence, among many other honors. She was a 2013 American Library Association Emerging Leader during her tenure as the Public Services and Reference Librarian at the AIDS Library of Philadelphia.
While pursuing her doctorate at SILS, she has been awarded the Clarivate Analytics/MLA Doctoral Fellowship, P.E.O. Scholar Award, and Chancellor’s Doctoral Candidacy Award through the Graduate School’s Initiative for Minority Excellence. She was also accepted to the ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium and was named an i3 PhD Teaching Fellow, along with SILS PhD student Kristen Bowen.
Threats’ research focuses on the effects of information behaviors on the adoption of HIV protective and risk reduction behaviors. She is examining the impact that information and the rapid expansion of new technologies have on the utilization of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services among high risk populations. In the future, she hopes to design technology-based HIV prevention and treatment interventions, and improve the user experience of consumer health websites and applications.