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Hopelab Discovery supports programmatic efforts that nurture emergent ideas and collaborations to bridge the gap between well-being, science, and meaningful action.

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The Hopelab Discovery team supports cutting-edge developmental asset research focused on youth mental well-being through a portfolio of programs that incubate collaborations between academics, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and youth-serving organizations.

Translational Science Collaborations

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In collaboration with Dr. Tamara Taggart from George Washington University,  we’re examining the use of online crowdsourcing contests to directly engage youth in the development of behavioral health interventions.

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In collaboration with UCLA researchers, we aim to identify how providing social support affects adolescents’ emotional resilience to stress.

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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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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.

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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. Glen Coppersmith and Dr. Alex Fine of Qntfy, we’re investigating whether specific social media behaviors are related to mental health and well-being in youth.

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In collaboration with Dr. Emily Falk from the University of Pennsylvania, we’re investigating whether youth’s real-world social networks influence the way their brains respond to information and how that shapes behavior choices.

Discovery Insights

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From video games to apps to chatbots, Hopelab has created a broad range of science-based interactive technologies by reverse engineering health. We’re moving the needle on health behavior and moving the needle on outcomes.

'TikTok, Gen Z, and Mental Health: The Rise of the most resilient generation'

For a lot of young people, mental health issues are a part of our story. This is the tale of how one Gen Zer leveraged TikTok to find resilience during the COVID pandemic.

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What do purpose, connection, and control have to do with resilience? Pretty much, everything.

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We need a better way to support teens and young adults in their efforts to socialize safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.