Funded Projects

In Year 1 of TAM, we funded 6 projects which represented novel and pertinent answers to our foundational question: How can technology support adolescent mental wellness?

In Year 2, we are asking that same question in the context of a global pandemic, political unrest, and heightened awareness among white people of long-standing racism in the United States. And so now we ask: How can technology support adolescent mental wellness, and how does that question take on new significance in the Year 2020?

Click the PI’s name to learn about the current status of their Year 1 and Year 2 projects.

Celeste Campos-Castillo

  • Co-I: Linnea Laestadius
  • Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Population: Latinx Youth in Milwaukee, WI
  • Year 1 Project: Privacy Co-Management on Social Networking Sites among Latinx Adolescents
  • Year 2 Project: Adolescents Alerting Parents about Distressed Social Media Posts from Peers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We R Native

  • Co-I: Scheana Bull
  • Affiliation: We R Native
  • Population: Native American Youth
  • Year 1 and 2 Projects: Designing and evaluating technologies to promote adolescent mental health

Keshet Ronen

  • Co-Is: Yolanda Evans, Grace John-Stewart, Jennifer Unger, Amritha Bhat
  • Affiliation: Global WACh at the University of Washington (UW) and Psychiatry at UW
  • Population: Peripartum adolescents in Seattle, WA
  • Year 1 Project: Social media support for peripartum adolescents in Seattle
  • Year 2 Project: Support for peripartum adolescents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Media Power Youth

  • Co-Is: Heather Inyart, David S. Bickham, Rona Zlokower
  • Affiliation: Media Power Youth
  • Population: Youth in Manchester, NH middle schools
  • Year 1 Project: Screenshots: Teaching Young Adolescents to Use Media in Ways that Enhance their Wellness
  • Year 2 Project: Youth-to-Youth Curriculum Design: Flexing Screenshots Beyond the Classroom through Project-Based Learning

Megan Ranney

  • Co-Is: Shira Dunsiger, Alison Riese, Rochelle Rosen
  • Affiliation: Rhode Island Hospital
  • Population: Youth experiencing online victimization
  • Year 1 Project: IMPACT: Intervention Media to Prevent Adolescent Cyber-conflict through Technology
  • Year 2 Project: “Connect-19”: Assessing technology use patterns among youth before and after school closures

Yalda Uhls

  • Co-Is: Laurel Felt, Ellen Wartella
  • Affiliation: Center for Scholars and Storytellers
  • Population: Youth ages 13-17
  • Year 1 Project: Investigating the Ways and Means by which a Global Entertainment Program Impacts the Mental Wellness of Adolescent Viewers
  • Year 2 Project: From TV Characters’ Scripted Dialogue to Adolescent Viewers’ Authentic Conversations: Exploring Transmedia and Second Screen Strategies to Optimize Mental Wellness for Adolescents