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Research Profile

Concepts in my research

Digital Media & Well-being

Teletherapy & Telehealth

Mental health digital technology

Media mindfulness

Symbolic Interaction

Daily Life

Interaction rituals

Meaning making



Technology and Society

Internet memes

UX Design

Digital cultures

Politics & New Media

'Big Ideas' in my research






Media Effects

Methodological Expertise
How I create knowledge & insights

Interviews & Focus Groups

As an interviewer, my job is to distill insights from others through the art and science of conversation.

  • I conducted semi-structured interviews to inform my undergraduate thesis on how American summer camp counselors facilitated intense friendship bonds at a three day summer camp.

  • In the summer session of my MA program, I conducted interviews with federal employees in Washington DC and used that data to develop a catalogue of the unspoken rules, or "norms," in policy making.

  • I am currently designing interviews and virtual focus groups for mental healthcare providers to assess the efficacy of telehealth for pediatric mental health. 

Ethnography is the empathetic observation of human behavior to understand the social world outside the reach of quantitative analysis. 

  • I began my training as an ethnography through a course with criminological ethnographer Jeff Ferrell, Ph.D. We learned about the ethnographic gaze and how to pay attention to the "residues of interaction" around us. 

  • As a graduate student, I published two peer-reviewed digital ethnographies on how the experience of living in time is complicated by digital communication technologies. 

  • I am currently designing an exhibition of street photos to tell stories from the COVID-19 pandemic and train my ethnographic eye. (View gallery.)


Content Analyses

Qualitative or quantitative, content analyses are flexible methods to  study how people send, receive, and interpret mediated messages.

Methods section

Explainer! What can internet memes tell us about how people experienced time in 2020?


Watch my presentation from Georgetown's 2022 Technology & Society Week Grand Rounds to find out. 

Research Experience
(*peer reviewed publications)

*Eduard, K., Melton, J., Lattanzi, G., Song, X., et al. (2022). Engagement, Outcomes, and Telehealth at a Mental and Behavioral Health Agency during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods, Exploratory Case Study. Manuscript in preparation.


*Lattanzi, Grant M. (2021) "What day is it? Changes to the Sociotemporal Order  and the Self during COVID-19," Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine: Vol. 6 : Iss. 1 , Article 4.
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*Lattanzi, G. (2021). Digital Calendars and Symbolic Representations of Timegnovis 41(1), 2-17.


Owen, D. (PI), Lattanzi, G., Wieczorek, A., Patel, K. (2021). Media Consumption During the 2020 Election: Continuity and change in voters' campaign media habits. Manuscript in preparation.

Lattanzi, G. (2019). Emotional Energy Charging Stations:An Application and Extension of Randall Collins’ Interaction Ritual Theory. Unpublished manuscript (honors thesis). Department of Sociology & Anthropology; John V. Roach Honors College, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, USA.

Lattanzi, G. (2020). The Greatest Impression Management Game: A Dramaturgical Analysis of Drama. Unpublished manuscript. Department of Sociology & Anthropology; John V. Roach Honors College, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, USA.

“The Future of Mental Health.” (2020). Project for CCTP-810: Foresight Methods and Practice. Foresight research informed scenario planning on the future of mental health. Report for NIH

Lattanzi, G. (2020). Keyword: Stores. Extended essay for CCTP-505: Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods. Self-written “keyword” chapter ala Raymond Williams’ Keywords.

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