Souleymane Coulibaly, mentee in the 2020-21 program in QLD (QUT).

He is a PhD Candidate within QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. Before coming to Australia, he completed a Master of Science in Public Communication and Technology at Colorado State University (CSU) in the United States through a Fulbright scholarship. He also holds a DESS (a diploma of higher specialised studies) in Information Education Communication and Social Behaviour Change Communication (IEC/SBCC) from Felix Houphouet Boigny University in Cote d’Ivoire.

Besides higher education, he completed different certificates including Technology-Based Health Promotion, Data Science, Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioural Research, Statistics and Public Health respectively provided by Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), IBM, National Institutes of Health (NIH),  and Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He participated in various professional and research-related workshops and conferences such as the HCB3 conference organised in 2018 by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his presentation about chronic disease prevention in college students via a hypothetical and compelling mobile health app was categorised as a breakthrough, and a participation in Research Bazaar (ResBaz) and in the AoIR2019 conference hosted by QUT in 2019 in Brisbane.

Furthermore, he had worked for more than eight (8) years in Public Health in Cote d’Ivoire as a health project and communication manager. While pursuing his education at CSU, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in Communication, and joined, as an intern, a team of researchers working on a mobile health registry project at the mHealth Impact Laboratory in the area of Denver in Colorado.

Finally, his current PhD project is about investigating African refugees’ and migrants’ experiences of mobile health apps using an ethnographic approach within this community in Australia. The research project seeks to understand opportunities and barriers to digital health technologies as experienced by members of the African community in Australia.

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