Social Media and Adolescent Mental Health featuring Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP, Eva Telzer, Ph.D, and Claudia Welke, MD

7:00pm virtual offering

Social Media and Adolescent Mental Health featuring Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP, Eva Telzer, Ph.D, and Claudia Welke, MD

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Family Action Network (FAN) sponsored program

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel.


FAN is excited to welcome back Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP (FAN ’17), the Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association, and the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prinstein and his colleague Eva Telzer, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC, are the co-directors of Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development. For this event, Profs. Prinstein and Telzer will deconstruct the psychological science on youth technology and social media use. Using theories and methods from developmental cognitive neuroscience and developmental psychopathology, their work seeks to understand how adolescents’ social media use may confer benefits to psychological, social, and neural development. They examine topics such as social media addiction, associations with mood, digital stress, the effects of social media on lost social opportunities, peer influence processes via social media, and the way social media use may be associated with brain development in adolescence. Prinstein’s research has examined interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of off- and on-line peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury. Telzer’s research examines how social and cultural processes shape adolescent brain development, with a focus on both prosocial and risk-taking behaviors, family and peer relationships, and the role of social media in youth’s lives. Prinstein and Telzer will be in conversation with Claudia Welke, MD, a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Compass Health Center and Compass Virtual.


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