Written by: Meisi Li
The Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM) is a community of stakeholders interested in generating novel research to answer this foundational question: How can technology support adolescent mental wellness? Annually, the community gathers together at the TAM Colloquium, an event to engage in discussions about technology use and mental wellbeing of youth.
Chelsea Olson, PhD, the program lead for the TAM Program, works closely on the TAM Data Consortium and in planning and executing the TAM Colloquium. She has a PhD in educational psychology from UW–Madison, and also serves as a scientist on SMAHRT. Today, we’re delighted to have Dr. Olson provide more information for the upcoming 2023 TAM Colloquium.
Q: Why is the TAM Colloquium important?
A: The goal of the colloquium is to create community, promote new ideas for research and collaborations, and learn about the important work people within TAM are doing.
Q: Who will be at the Colloquium?
A: We welcome anyone who is interested in technology use and the mental wellness of adolescents to attend the colloquium. Members of the TAM community will be in attendance, including researchers at all levels in their careers and education, youth, clinical providers, educators, and those involved in various industries.
Q: What is a general overview of the day?
A: A general overview of the day includes a TAM Data Consortium session, in which recipients of TAM data will present rapid talks on their projects; an expert panel with reporters and researchers led by Dr. Yalda Uhls which will explore how reporters can and do report on technology use and mental wellness; a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Initiative session, in which groups from around the country who received funds from TAM to start a YAB will present updates on their progress; and last, a Q&A panel with youth from our TAM YAB.
Q: Why do you think it is important to include adolescents in the discussion?
A: When doing research on adolescents, it is important to learn from adolescents about their lived experiences because they know best about what is salient to them and their lives. It is always exciting and invigorating to hear from youth about their experiences and perspectives and how we as researchers can conduct the best possible research on technology use and mental wellness of adolescents.
Q: What makes you most excited about the 2023 TAM Colloquium?
A: I’m excited to learn from the TAM community about the important work they’ve been doing. I also think the panel session with experts and reporters will be a really interesting panel that I will learn a lot from.
The 2023 TAM Colloquium is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2023. Interested in attending the colloquium and learning more about the technology use and adolescent mental wellness? Fill out this Qualtrics survey today or email firstname.lastname@example.org.