Engaging Youth in Improving Adolescent Health through Research and Practice 

The Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM) is a community of stakeholders interested in generating novel responses to the following foundational question: How can technology support adolescent mental wellness?

The 2021 Virtual Colloquium was dedicated to engaging youth in improving adolescent health through research and practice. 

The Colloquium brought together people of diverse backgrounds. The central pillars of TAM are empirical research, effective dissemination and implementation, and sustaining a collaborative and inclusive community, all around the topic of adolescent technology use and mental wellness. 


Presentation 1: Integrating youth into a grant program with the Wisconsin Partnership Program

Wisconsin Partnership Program

The Wisconsin Partnership Program represents a far-reaching commitment by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to greatly improve the health and well-being of people in Wisconsin now and for years to come. In alignment with the Wisconsin Idea, the Wisconsin Partnership Program reaches beyond the campus to improve the health of Wisconsinites through innovative research and education programs and community partnerships.

Presentation 2: Training youth as advocates and educators with PATCH

Wisconsin PATCH

Wisconsin PATCH is a collaboration of five PATCH Sites located across the state! We’re a group of youth and adults that believe programs and policies for youth should INCLUDE youth. ​We encourage young people to raise their voices to create positive change, and have programs and resources to ​EDUCATE, ENGAGE, and EMPOWER others to do the sam​e.​

Voices in Adolescent Technology Use and Mental Wellness

Journal of Medical Internet Research-Mental Health

September 15, 2021

This year our TAM community members worked alongside youth to write and publish an open access theme issue with JMIR-MH.

Highlights of this theme issue include:

  • Manuscripts from each of our TAM grantees describing their projects and what was learned
  • A collection of brief research papers from youth scientists
  • A commentary from youth describing their experiences with technology during the past year in the COVID pandemic

Don’t forget to tag @SMAHRTeam in your posts to connect with our team and other colloquium attendees.