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Beth St. Jean

October 17th, 2019 by

Associate Director

Dr. Beth St. Jean is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies (, the Associate Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) (, and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy ( at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA ( Dr. St. Jean holds a PhD in Information and a Master’s degree in Information (Library & Information Services specialization) from the University of Michigan School of Information. Dr. St. Jean’s research aims to improve people’s long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors. She has worked with both adults and children over the past several years. Working with her colleague, Mega Subramaniam, Dr. St. Jean co-developed and conducted the NLM-funded HackHealth after-school program ( to help improve disadvantaged middle school students’ health-related self-efficacy and their digital health literacy skills. Dr. St. Jean’s most current research focuses on the concept of consumer health information justice (CHIJ), particularly aiming to identify the information-related causes of, and potential information-related solution pathways to, health disparities. Dr. St. Jean is currently working with her colleague, Dr. Ursula Gorham, writing a new textbook introducing Information Science undergraduate students to information behavior. Additionally, she is working with Dr. Paul Jaeger and doctoral candidates Gagan Jindal and Yuting Liao, guest editing a volume of the book series Advances in Librarianship entitled “Roles and Responsibilities of Libraries in Increasing Consumer Health Literacy & Reducing Health Disparities.”