Beth St. Jean

Beth St. Jean

Beth St. Jean

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-6573
(301) 314-9145



PhD in Information from University of Michigan School of Information, 2012

Graduate Teacher Certificate from University of Michigan, 2010

MS in Information from University of Michigan School of Information, 2006

BA in Mathematics from Smith College, 1988


4117K Hornbake Bldg, South Wing


Dr. Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor at the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), as well as the Assistant Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy in the School of Public Health. She received her Master of Science in Information (Library & Information Services specialization) in 2006 and her PhD in Information in 2012, both from the University of Michigan School of Information.


Research Interests

Health-related information behaviors
Health literacy
Health-related self-efficacy and health behaviors.
Information behavior theory  



  • LBSC 602 Serving Information Needs
  • INST 701 Introduction to Research Methods

Recent Publications & Products

  • St. Jean, B. (in press). Factors motivating, demotivating, or impeding information seeking and use by people with type 2 diabetes: A call to work toward preventing, identifying, and addressing incognizance. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (JASIS&T).

  • Subramaniam, M., St. Jean, B., Taylor, N. G., Kodama, C., Follman, R., & Casciotti, D. (2015). Bit by bit: Using design-based research to improve the health literacy of adolescents. JMIR Research Protocols, 4(2), e62. Available:

  • St. Jean, B., Subramaniam, M., Greene Taylor, N., Follman, R., Kodama, C., & Casciotti, D. (2015). The influence of positive hypothesis testing on youths’ online health-related information seeking. New Library World, 116(3/4), 136-154.

  • Subramaniam, M., Greene Taylor, N., St. Jean, B., Follman, R., & Kodama, C. (2015). As simple as that?: Tween credibility assessment in a complex online world. Journal of Documentation, 71(3), 550-571.

  • St. Jean, B. (2014). Devising and implementing a card-sorting technique for a longitudinal investigation of the information behavior of people with type 2 diabetes. Library & Information Science Research, 36(1), 16-26. Available:

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