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Public scholar: Fanny Gravel-Patry

Fanny Gravel-Patry

Why are women turning to Instagram to care for their mental health?

Fanny Gravel-Patry (she/her) is a PhD candidate and lecturer in Concordia's communication studies department. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from Université de Montréal. She studies mental illness, media practices of care and digital visual culture.

Fanny's dissertation looks at the Instagram practices of women living with mental illness and their use of the app as a tool for care. Her work was recently published by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal in a special issue on digital images. In addition to her research, Fanny has been the communications officer of the Communication Doctoral Student Association since 2019 and she is an active member of the Feminist Media Studio. Her doctoral research is supported by Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC) and Concordia University.


Communication Studies


French, English


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Fanny's blog posts

  • Common Misconceptions about Social Media and Mental Health
    Posted on April 21, 2022 | By Fanny Gravel-Patry
    In this blog post, Public Scholar Fanny Gravel-Patry debunks 3 of the most common misconceptions about the impact of social media on mental health. Read more
  • "Staying with" Failure
    Posted on March 24, 2022 | By Fanny Gravel-Patry
    Public Scholar Fanny Gravel-Patry reflects on life with mental illness and what happens when we embrace failure as a position from which to see the world otherwise. Read more
  • How feminist social media research can benefit public health
    Posted on September 9, 2021 | By Fanny Gravel-Patry
    Social media are changing how public health messages are disseminated, as well as transforming public health research. In this article, Public Scholar Fanny Gravel-Patry explores how using a feminist social media research framework can benefit public health in doing research that is more focused on people and their needs. Read more
  • Learning to rest
    Posted on July 22, 2021 | By Fanny Gravel-Patry
    As many are preparing for a new school year, Public Scholar Fanny Gravel-Patry reflects on the need to incorporate rest into our work routines. Read more
  • 3 ways to improve academic mental health in the post-pandemic university
    Posted on May 27, 2021 | By Fanny Gravel-Patry
    Inspired by the lessons of the pandemic, Public Scholar Fanny Gravel-Patry imagines how we can better mental health resources for students as we move forward. Read more

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