Teens & Digital Wellness

These films showcase youth and researchers tackling the intersection of teens, tech, and wellness.

This program is philanthropically funded by Pivotal Ventures and hosted by the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM), a research initiative led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Pediatrics.

Videos are public and free to share: YouTube playlist here.

About the program:

This first film gives a high-level overview of the TAM program, Youth Advisors, and the six research teams funded.

Meet the Youth Advisory Board

This film showcases the TAM Youth Advisory Board who share their insights on tech and mental health. “Nothing about us without us”.

Grantee #1: ER Physician Helps Teens Respond to Cyberbullying

Dr. Megan Ranney explains the objective of IMPACT (Intervention Media to Prevent Adolescent Cyber-conflict through Technology) that aims to support at-risk youth age 13-17 who have experienced online victimization

Grantee #2: How Hollywood can support adolescent mental health |

UCLA and Yalda Uhls are studying the ways 13 Reasons Why impacts adolescent mental health, and about finding an innovative way to bridge the work of the entertainment industry and scientific researchers to support adolescent wellness.

Grantee #3: How Native Youth are Finding Support Online

Stephaine Craig Rushing explains the We R Native website – a global platform of multimedia resources and stories for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them.

Grantee #4: Online Social Support for Pregnant & Postpartum Adolescents in Seattle

Keshet Ronen talks about online social support for pregnant and postpartum adolescents. The goal of this study is to develop and pilot a social media-based group counseling intervention to prevent depression in pregnant and postpartum adolescents. The intervention will be based on an evidence-based in-person curriculum called the Mothers and Babies program.

Grantee #5: Privacy Co-Management Practices on Social Media Among LatinX Youth

Celesta Campos-Castillo researchers privacy co-management practices on social media among LatinX youth in Milwaukee.

Grantee #6: Helping Students Navigate Social Media

Heather Inyart explains the power of media literacy for middle school students. This study is a collaboration between Media Power Youth and the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Funded Research Teams & Funders

This program was made possible by a group of diverse partners in philanthropy, media, and academia.

In Year 1 (2019-2020) 6 projects were funded to address the foundational question: “How can technology support adolescent mental wellness?”

In Year 2 (2020-2021) , that same question is being asked in the context of a global pandemic, political unrest, and racism in the U.S.

Mental Health Innovation

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