Faculty Feature

Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director, Social Media Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention for Heavy Drinking Students Research

Faculty headshot of Dr. Mai-Ly SteersTell us about your research interests. What sparked your interest in these areas?

Broadly, I'm studying how social media affect health outcomes. More specifically, I am examining how alcohol-related posts to social media influence college students' drinking.

What research opportunities are available for Duquesne nursing students?

Presently, my lab is offering certain paid positions for my grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. Students mostly run Zoom sessions to collect data on students' alcohol-related posts and drinking over the past 30 days.

What are you excited about next, anything you are currently working towards?

I'm working towards launching a clinical trial, and I'm working on another grant application that involves the features of specific social media platforms that might prompt students to post different types of alcohol-related content.

What is your favorite class to teach? Why?

I am looking forward to teaching Human Development at the undergraduate level since we apply real-world concepts to the subject matter.

What do you hope all your students gain from your classes?

I hope students gain skills they can apply not only to their everyday practice, but to their everyday lives.

Why did you choose to become a nurse educator?

As an applied psychologist, I can teach future nurses skills from an interdisciplinary angle that they might not gain otherwise.

Describe your teaching style.

My teaching style is student-centric....I strive to actively engage students in course materials, set achievable goals and provide clear feedback. Most importantly, I encourage students to think critically and outside of the box.

What do you think makes Duquesne's nursing program stand out from other schools?

The interdisciplinary nature of the department as well as the Dean Glasgow's visionary leadership makes the Duquesne University School of Nursing exceptional.