Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research interests include adolescent identity and agency, primarily in the areas of social and televised media, racial/ethnic identity, sexuality, bullying, sexual harassment, peer networks, civic engagement, and positive youth development programs emphasizing girls and underrepresented young people
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and a former National Institutes of Child and Human Development (NICHD) postdoctoral research fellow at WCW. In addition to her research interest in adolescent identity and development, she has emerging interests in developing culturally-inclusive online health interventions for vulnerable adolescents and young adults, particularly racial/ethnic and sexual minority populations.
Since joining WCW in 2006, Charmaraman has conducted qualitative and mixed-method research as well as program evaluations in collaboration with the National Institute on Out of School Time (NIOST), the Kellogg-funded National SEED Project evaluation study, the CDC-funded bullying and sexual harassment study, the NICHD-funded Mixed Ancestry Project, and the Planned Parenthood-funded multi-year impact evaluation of Get Real, a comprehensive middle school sexual education program.
Additionally, Charmaraman is a New Connections grantee with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she was invited to conduct a national study that addressed using technology to address health disparities. Read her post about how her work relates to the national health agenda of reducing stress on the Foundation’s Culture of Health blog. Charmaraman is also part of the inaugural 14-member cohort of the Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences -- a program funded by the National Institutes for Health that is jointly based at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.