Linda Charmaraman

Linda Charmaraman

Research Scientist

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.



Awards & Recognition

In 2012-2013, Charmaraman was named the Susan McGee Bailey Research Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women. In 2014, she was an invited keynote speaker at the Ford Foundation-funded Youth Sexuality Media Forum in Detroit, MI, focusing on how to empower families, schools, peers, and media regarding youth sexuality. In 2016, she delivered the opening keynote address at the biannual Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Conference in Seattle, WA, which provided an overview of social media use in vulnerable populations to an audience of educators, medical practitioners, and public relations professionals.

Funding Sources

Charmaraman has conducted research and evaluation on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, William T. Grant Foundation, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Kellogg Foundation, Schott Foundation for Public Education, United Way, Borghesani Community Foundation, and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.


Charmaraman was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian American Psychology at Wellesley College and has guest lectured at Boston College and Northeastern University. Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students has always been a passion of hers, evidenced by her dedication to training, collaborating, presenting, and publishing academic papers with students from multiple institutions. Throughout her doctoral program, she was the coordinator of graduate student diversity recruitment in her department and an appointed student delegate of the Equity Committee.


Charmaraman has cultivated research collaborations across institutions, including the Center for Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Department of Educational Psychology, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has joined two scholarly working groups focused on youth’s digital media and wellbeing and negative media portrayals, which came out of the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, Digital Media & Developing Minds Conference in Irvine, CA.

During her graduate school years in the Bay Area, Charmaraman maintained a strong commitment to providing a forum for women artists and activists to be showcased by being a host/producer of a local "Womyn in the Arts" radio show, collaborating with the Empowering Women of Color Conference, and directing the Women of Color Film Festival. She was also on the Advisory Board for the national women's film festival, Lunafest, which raises money for the Breast Cancer Fund and local nonprofit organizations.

Selected Publications

Charmaraman has published in both peer-reviewed journals and edited books (Journal of Adolescent Health, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Journal of School Health, Learning, Media, & Technology; New Directions for Youth Development, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Sociological Studies of Children & Youth, Journal of Family Issues) as well as publications intended for practitioner audiences (Afterschool Matters, School-Aged Notes, Journal of Youth Development).