Professor King’s research examines social networks, social influence, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of work analyzes the role social networks played in the prescription drug abuse epidemic. She is also interested in how to effectively leverage networks to treat opioid use disorders and address the loneliness epidemic. King’s research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, among many other outlets. Her first book, Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection, was published in January 2021.
The notion that we often hear… that it’s the size of your network that matters, or the number of people you know, was simply wrong. What was far more important than the number of people you know was the strength and the quality of your social connections.17 March 2021