TAM Youth

Kelly Janssens
Youth Advisor
Kelly is in 11th grade at Oregon High School. Her favorite social media platform is Instagram, which is the most popular among her friends and allows her to connect with the news, celebrities, and memes that interest her. She has dreamed of being a doctor since the age of 3!
Siena Perna
Youth Advisor
Siena is in 11th grade at Verona Area High School. She is passionate about the way in which digital technology can assist special-needs students with communicating their needs. Siena loves to watch Hallmark Christmas movies with her mom (even though she thinks they're all more or less the same).
Josh Plasterer
Youth Advisor
Josh is in 11th grade at Madison West High School. Josh is interested in social media as a means of both education and even indoctrination and its capacity to build a generation of citizens. Ask him why we may be facing doom as a species - and how research can help us avoid it!
Maggie Stone
Youth Advisor
Maggie is in 12th grade at Middleton High School. She believes that adolescent mental health research should focus on how technology affects adolescents' relationships, both platonic and romantic. Maggie is also a twin, and participated in twin studies as a child!
Dre Bishop
Youth Advisor
Dre is in her freshman year at UW-Milwaukee and a research assistant on Dr. Campos-Castillo's TAM project. Dre's favorite social media platform is Snapchat for its ability to promote connectedness with family and friends. She loves that digital technology enables people to show snippets of their day, which helps to normalize a more diverse range of behaviors.
Sydney Trinrud
Youth Advisor
Sydney is in 10th grade at Chippewa Falls High School. Sydney is interested in how exposure to the internet changes adolescents, including the development of new habits and beliefs. She is passionate about how technology can enable people to celebrate who they are and find support from others online.
Jared Lemminger
Youth Advisor
Jared is in 10th grade at Chippewa Fall High School. His favorite social media platform is VSCO, because it allows people to share images and ideas without seeing how many "likes" these get, removing the element of competition. Jared believes that youth mental health research should focus both on what youth are exposed to online as well as in their lives at home, as each of these can contribute to mental health problems.
Norah Wichman
Youth Advisor
Nora is in 11th grade at Jefferson High School. Nora believes that youth mental health research should focus on the relationship between social media and self-esteem, given that low self-esteem affects how youth treat themselves as well as others. Nora loves animals and created an annual 5k run/walk fundraiser for her local humane society. Over 6 years, her event has raised over $100,000 for homeless animals!