From ‘In Press’ to Impact: A Generalizable Lesson on How Science (on Adolescent Social Media Use) Can Change the World and Help Teen Lives

Scientists generate knowledge that should be used to improve lives. But few decision-makers read journal articles. This talk will use the example of data on adolescent social media use to demonstrate how we can communicate findings from rigorous, peer-reviewed studies to a wide array of audiences, how science is used by a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., federal agencies, educators, non-profit groups, tech companies, parents, and lawmakers), what pitfalls to expect and avoid, and how to help psychological science have the impact it deserves.

Mitch Prinstein, PhD, ABPP, Speaker

American Psychological Association

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About: Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP is the Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Co-Director of the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development.For over 25 years, and with continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, Mitch’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. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist and has published over 200 scientific manuscripts and 12 books. At APA, Mitch is responsible for leading the association’s science agenda and advocating for the application of psychological research and knowledge in settings including academia, government, industry, and the law.