The Selkie research group seeks to identify ways to promote well-being for adolescents and young adults when using technology and digital media. Adolescence is a crucial developmental period in which skills and beliefs are developed and carried into adulthood. With the ubiquity of the Internet and social media, adolescents have many opportunities to use these technologies for positive development, but also can be at risk for harm. In 2015, Dr. Selkie, an Adolescent Medicine specialist, started the Learning More from Adolescents Online (LMFAO) Research Team at the University of Michigan and has recently moved the lab to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our work uses a positive youth development lens to examine how technology and digital media relate to socioemotional well-being. We are specifically interested in decreasing negative social media activities and amplifying positive social media activities for marginalized adolescents, including sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth. Youth voice and direct observation of social media activities are at the core of our team’s research methods.
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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin plan to study how technology and digital media (TDM) influence health behaviors and well-being in adolescents, with an emphasis on both positive and negative impacts of social media. Funded …September 30, 2022
LMFAO research lab focuses on amplifying positive social media activities for marginalized adolescents
Less than one year ago, the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics welcomed a new faculty member with an innovative focus on adolescent health. Ellen M. Selkie, MD, MPH, assistant professor, General Pediatrics and Adolescent …June 2, 2022
University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics faculty and researchers are at the forefront of media coverage as local, state, and national journalists seek out experts on the topics of child health, parenting, vaccinations, and Covid-19, …February 4, 2022
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