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This study shows that while social media continues to pose risks, it also plays a beneficial role in supporting the mental health and well-being of young people — especially those from marginalized communities.

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Digital health practices, social media use, and mental well-being among teens and young adults in the U.S.

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a video-game intervention for improving adherence for adolescents and young adults with malignancies including acute leukemia, lymphoma, and soft-tissue sarcoma.

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In collaboration with Dr. Andrew Fuligni from The University of California, Los Angeles, we are expanding the research showing health-protective benefits from “acts of kindness” interventions.

Social media is fully ingrained in young people’s everyday lives, shaping how they connect, communicate, learn, and interact with the world. Although concerns about the adverse effects of social media on young people are widespread, it is crucial to acknowledge the benefits it can offer as well.

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The objective of the current study was to examine social functioning among AYAs within the first 2 years after a cancer diagnosis and compare their scores with population norms and identify trajectories of social functioning over time and its correlates.

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This pilot randomized controlled trial examined the feasibility of delivering positive psychology skills via the Vivibot chatbot and its effects on key psychosocial well-being outcomes in young adults treated for cancer.

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Here we report the results of a measurement validation study and a preliminary proof-of-concept experiment testing the impact of Zamzee to promote MVPA.

Teen looking at mobile phone.

In collaboration with Dr. Sonya Lyubomirsky from The University of California, Riverside, we are expanding prosocial research that might benefit young adult health.

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In collaboration with Dr. Edith Chen from Northwestern University, we are investigating whether and in what ways a year-long mentoring program might impact the metabolic and cardiovascular health of mentors.

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This study indicates that Nod use buffered the most at-risk students from experiencing loneliness and depression during the first month of college.

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In May 2020, the Hopelab Studio Team sent a digital survey through national and regional networks of national service providers to assess the digital readiness of organizations and their stakeholders.