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How can social media be harnessed to support mental health? Can acts of kindness be digitized to boost resilience? How might an app deepen real-world relationships? Hopelab applies behavioral science to answer these and many other big questions facing digital health today.

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The Hopelab Research team of interdisciplinary scientists and behavioral health experts conducts research within communities to help advance impact, adapt offerings, and improve equitable health outcomes.


Hopelab and Common Sense Media collected data from over 1200 young people ages 14-22 and released the research across the three following reports. Young people were directly involved in creating survey topics and questions as well as interpreting results

A Double-edged Sword: How Diverse Communities of young people think about the multifaceted relationship between social media and mental health
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2024 National Survey

The third installment of a national survey developed by Hopelab and Common Sense Media, and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, 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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Teen and Young Adult Perspectives on Generative AI

This study examines generative AI use by race and ethnicity, age, gender, and LGBTQ+ identity and shares a nuanced understanding of how different demographic groups perceive and interact with generative AI technologies. Young people were directly involved in the creation of survey topics and questions and the interpretation of results.

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Getting Help Online

The fourth installment of a national survey developed by Hopelab and Common Sense Media, and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, looks at how teens and young people are embracing online mental health tools — from social media to therapy and mental health apps — as resources for seeking support and managing their own mental health and well-being.

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Read the results of a randomized control trial conducted on imi, a free, mental health web app, designed to help LGBTQ+ youth cope with stress.

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The present study explores barriers and facilitators experienced by public health nurses introducing a mobile health technology platform (Goal Mama) to the Nurse-Family Partnership home-visiting program.

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One year into the pandemic, a new survey reveals that teens and young adults are actively turning to online sources to cope with mental health.

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Read the results of the pilot randomized controlled trial on the nod smartphone app created to address loneliness among college students.