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Sebastian Scherr

Faculty member Sebastian Scherr
Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Health Communication
  • 202E BLTN


Research Gate IconSebastian Scherr (PhD, University of Munich) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on individual and structural susceptibility factors for media effects in the domains of health and political communication, with a special emphasis on mental health, suicide prevention, and empirical methods.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 308
  • COMM 470

Representative Publications

Arendt, F., Haim, M., & Scherr, S. (online first). Investigating Google’s suicide-prevention efforts in celebrity suicides using agent-based testing: A cross-national study in four European countries. Social Science and Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112692

Scherr, S., & Zhou, J. (online first). Automatically identifying relevant variables for linear regression with the Lasso method: A methodological primer for its application with R and a performance contrast simulation with alternative selection strategies. Communication Methods and Measures. doi:10.1080/19312458.2019.1677882

Bartsch, A., Scherr, S., Mares, M.-L., & Oliver, M. B. (online first). Reflective thoughts about violent media content – development of a bilingual self-report scale in English and German. Media Psychology. doi:10.1080/15213269.2019.1647248

Scherr, S., Arendt, F., Frissen, T., & Oramas, J. (online first).  Detecting intentional self-harm on Instagram: Development, testing, and validation of an automatic image-recognition algorithm to discover cutting-related posts. Social Science Computer Review. doi:10.1177/0894439319836389

Scherr, S. (online first). Traditional media use and depression in the general population: Evidence for a non-linear relationship. Current Psychology. doi:10.1007/s12144-018-0020-7

Niederkrotenthaler, T., Braun, M., Pirkis, J., Till, B., Stack, S., Sinyor, M., Tran, U., Voraceck, M., Cheng, Q., Arendt, F., Scherr, S., Yip, P. S. F., & Spittal, M. (2020). Association between suicide reporting and suicide: Systematic review and meta-analysis. The BMJ, 368(8238), m575. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m575

Scherr, S., & Goering, M. (2020). Is a self-monitoring app for depression a good place for additional mental health information? Ecological momentary assessment of mental help information seeking among smartphone users. Health Communication, 35(8), 1004-1012. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1606135

Markiewitz, A., Scherr, S., & Arendt, F. (2020). Increasing adherence to media guidelines on responsible reporting on suicide: Suggestions from qualitative interviews with German journalists. Journalism Studies, 21(4), 494–511. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2019.1686412

Arendt, F., & Scherr, S. (2019). Investigating an issue–attention–action cycle: A case study on the chronology of media attention, public attention, and actual vaccination behavior during the 2019 measles outbreak in Austria. Journal of Health Communication, 24(7-8), 654–662. doi:10.1080/10810730.2019.1652709

Scherr, S., Markiewitz, A., & Arendt, F. (2019). Evaluation of a workshop intervention on responsible reporting on suicide among Swiss media professionals. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 40(6), 446–450. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000584

Arendt, F., Scherr, S., & Romer, D. (2019). Effects of exposure to self-harm on social media: Evidence from a two-wave panel study among young adults. New Media and Society, 21(11-12), 2422–2442. doi:10.1177/1461444819850106

Arendt, F., Scherr, S., Pasek, J., Jamieson, P., & Romer, D. (2019).  Investigating harmful and helpful effects of watching season 2 of 13 Reasons Why: Results of a two-wave U.S. panel survey. Social Science and Medicine, 232, 489–498. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.04.007

Scherr, S., Toma, C., & Schuster, B. (2019). Depression as a predictor of Facebook surveillance and envy? Evidence from a cross-lagged panel study in Germany. Journal of Media Psychology, 31(4), 196–202. doi:10.1027/1864-1105/a000247

Scherr, S., Bachl, M., & De Vreese, C. (2019). Searching for watchdogs: Investigating journalistic role performance using latent-class analysis. Journalism Studies, 20(11), 1635–1652. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2018.1533417

Scherr, S., Haim, M., & Arendt, F. (2019). Equal access to online information? Google’s suicide-prevention disparities may amplify a global digital divide. New Media and Society, 21(3), 562–582. doi:10.1177/1461444818801010

Till, B., Arendt, F., Scherr, S., & Niederkrotenthaler, T. (2019). Effect of educative suicide-prevention newspaper articles featuring experts with vs without personal experience of suicidal ideation: A randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 80(1), 17m11975. doi:10.4088/JCP.17m11975

Baugut, P., & Scherr, S. (2019). Should the media be more or less powerful in politics? Individual and contextual explanations for politicians and journalists. Political Communication, 36(1), 127–148. doi:10.1080/10584609.2018.1517844

Scherr, S., Mares, M.-L., Bartsch, A., & Götz, M. (2019).  Children’s emotion expressions, their parents, and their television: A cross-cultural multilevel-model. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50(1), 22–46. doi:10.1177/0022022118806585