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March 16, 2023

In this collaboration with the Metrowest Women’s Fund, panelists share their insights and expertise in a discussion on middle school girls' mental health and social media use.

2023 uncsw panelists

March 8, 2023

In this virtual parallel event of the 2023 UN Commission on the Status of Women, panelists share the innovative ways they are using technology to advance gender equality and human wellbeing.

Justice Scales

March 2, 2023

Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., submitted this statement for the record in connection with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's February 14, 2023 hearing, "Protecting Our Children Online." In the statement, she notes some important policy directions and research findings that apply to youth, social media, and mental health, and urges the Committee to recognize that social media can have positive as well as negative effects on youth mental health.

journeys in youth development podcast episode 3

February 27, 2023

NIOST director Georgia Hall, Ph.D., talks with Brittany Jacobs, Library Director at the Burlington Public Library in Iowa and Edward Franklin, President and CEO of Voice of Hope Ministries in Texas.

Monrovia, Liberia February 21, 2023

WCW will lead the design of a social inclusion strategy to empower women and young people in the Liberian forestry sector.

police car February 16, 2023

Many findings from the audit are relevant to police departments across the country, according to Senior Research Scientist Linda Williams, Ph.D.

Jennifer Grossman

February 13, 2023

Senior Research Scientist Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., shares findings from interviews with fathers about how they talk to both their sons and daughters about consent.

Journeys in Youth Development Podcast

January 25, 2023

In the second episode of the series, Amy Franks reads from her essay, "A Mirror for Black Boys," and Devan Blackwell reads from his essay, "Creating Windows Through Words." Both essays explore the ways in which youth development experiences can transform lives.

Wellesley College students in Calderwood Seminar January 19, 2023

The interdisciplinary course is focused on social technologies and adolescent development.

teen girls using social media

January 5, 2023

In a summit hosted by Meta, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the latest research on youth social media use and wellbeing.

father and daughter in conversation

December 20, 2022

In a webinar hosted by Equimundo, Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., shares findings from her research on family communication about dating, sex, and relationships.

Journeys in Youth Development Podcast

December 1, 2022

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director of NIOST, talks to Marisela Montoya of Austin, TX, and Kourtney Andrada of Oakland, CA, about their experiences as youth development workers.

Summer camp activity with parachute November 11, 2022

NIOST will continue its partnership with the Education Development Center, Inc. to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment.

theater audience November 9, 2022

WCW and the League of Resident Theatres will investigate systemic barriers to leadership positions and influence in the American theater.

Wellesley College student interns 2022-2023 October 24, 2022

At the start of the academic year, five Wellesley College students began internships at WCW through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.

Kate Price, Janelle Nanos, Linda Williams, Layli Maparyan

October 19, 2022

A virtual Social Change Dialogue explores one woman’s journey to investigate her history as a child sex trafficking survivor, with the help of a journalist.

student at school September 26, 2022

Mood Check offers resources that increase the school community’s mental health awareness and literacy, which serves as a prevention tool for adolescent depression.

2022 summer digital wellbeing workshop presenters August 28, 2022

The five-day program allowed students to co-design an app to promote positive social media use and featured Wellesley College students and expert speakers on STEM.

Women, Gender, Afghanistan Event Panelists

July 10, 2022

In this video series, Visiting Fellow Pashtana Durrani interviews experts in girls’ education—in the U.S. and internationally—about their research findings and what drew them to the field.

Anna Grimes and her daughter July 1, 2022

In partnership with the Urban Institute and supported by a $1.1 million grant from ECMC Foundation, the Wellesley Centers for Women is launching the Data-to-Action Campaign for Pregnant and Parenting Student Success.

Student parent resource center at an Oregon higher education institution June 24, 2022

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we at the Wellesley Centers for Women stand with women and all pregnant people’s personal decisions about their reproductive health and their bodies.

middle school age girl uses laptop while holding pet dog May 23, 2022

Adolescents’ relationships with their pets can be very important, since adolescents are at a developmental stage when they’re relying less on their families and more on other relationships in their lives—both human and animal.

girl in STEM May 1, 2022

New funding will support clubs in Pennsylvania's Venango and Clarion Counties, particularly in Franklin, Oil City, and Knox.

lady justice statue April 26, 2022

The white paper from the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative offers policy and practice recommendations to achieve justice for victims, families, and communities.

Girls in STEM illustration April 21, 2022

Researchers are looking for middle school girls to participate in a free workshop on designing healthier social media experiences.

Youth Advisory Board April 1, 2022

The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab recently created a Youth Advisory Board to inform the development of its virtual digital wellbeing workshops.

Women, Gender, Afghanistan Event Panelists

March 29, 2022

Experts on human rights and gender politics in Afghanistan discussed the current state of women's rights in the country.

Pashtana Durrani

March 10, 2022

To celebrate International Women's Day, WCW partnered with Slater International Center at Wellesley College for an event with a keynote address by Afghan human rights activist Pashtana Durrani.

Dianna Blake, Nicole Lynn Lewis, Autumn Green, Layli Maparyan

February 3, 2022

Panelists discuss their personal experiences as parenting students and share insights from their books.

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D.

January 17, 2022

Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and sharing insights from a recent trip to Liberia, Executive Director Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., urges us to embrace humanity’s interdependence and usher in a new future in which we all thrive.

Shelly Anand, Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Newman, Linda Wertheimer

November 8, 2021

Panelists discuss their personal and professional experiences speaking out against labor abuse and their hopes for a more equitable workplace for women.

Mom holds child wearing mask

November 2, 2021

Wendy Robeson, Ed.D., shares findings from a study on child care access in Massachusetts during the pandemic.

Layli Maparyan, Deanna Kanavas-DeRocher, Tracy Gladstone, Katherine Buchholz, David Jordan

October 27, 2021

Educators and practitioners discuss the ways school communities can support tween and teen mental health in the midst of the pandemic.

tween girl of asian descent uses a tablet October 27, 2021

A new study finds that limiting access lessens some negative effects of social media use among younger users.

Jacqueline Brinkhaus, Wellesley College student class of 2022

October 13, 2021

Jacqueline Brinkhaus ’22 discusses her experience as an intern with our Family, Sexuality, and Communication Research Initiative.

Layli Maparyan and Sheron Fraser-Burgess

September 23, 2021

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., and Sheron Fraser-Burgess, Ph.D., converse about the evolution of womanism and the importance of the African/African-descended worldview in higher education and global problem solving today.

Wellesley College student interns 2021-2022 September 22, 2021

At the start of the academic year, five Wellesley College students began internships at WCW through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.

Wellesley Centers for Women and University Consortium for Liberia logos September 8, 2021

Together with academic, NGO, and private sector partners, WCW will hold two workshops to address human trafficking in Liberia.

Kathryn Wheeler, Ed.D. September 3, 2021

Kathryn Wheeler, Ed.D., is among 70 individuals and groups being recognized by Big Sister Boston for their enduring commitment to believing in girls.

Wellesley student Connie Gu shares photos from her STEM journey September 1, 2021

Middle school students learned about STEM concepts and healthy social media use during a workshop hosted by the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab.

Peggy McIntosh May 26, 2021

Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., was honored for her decades of work naming and breaking down systems of privilege and oppression.

Tulani Reeves-Miller, Ramona Smucker, Gillian Sjoblum, Rachel Hodes, Teresa Xiao

May 20, 2021

Students from the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab share findings from ongoing studies during a Wellesley College Ruhlman Conference presentation.

Jenn Yu, Hayley Moniz, Rachel Hodes, Eshika Kaul, Charnel Jones

May 20, 2021

Students in the 2020-21 Class of 1967 Internship Program at WCW discuss what they learned during their internships.

Linda Charmaraman, Catherine Delcourt

May 7, 2021

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and Catherine Grevet Delcourt, Ph.D., share findings from a workshop on digital wellbeing, identity exploration, and computational concepts related to social computing.

Middle school girl uses laptop April 26, 2021

We are looking for middle school girls to participate in a free virtual summer learning program that begins on July 19, 2021.

Shelly Anand, Deniz Civril, Kristin Butcher, Layli Maparyan

April 20, 2021

Panelists discussed how employers and lawmakers can support women in the workforce during the pandemic and beyond.

Open Circle and Wellesley Centers for Women logos April 8, 2021

A statement about the future of Open Circle, our social and emotional learning program.

Kim Lucas, Ph.D., Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D.

March 30, 2021

Panelists discussed how the Biden-Harris administration can support the child care industry.

Emmy Howe, M.Ed., Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Soo Hong, Ed.D., and Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

March 25, 2021

This study found that young adolescents who reported greater negative attitudes toward their body image checked their social media more frequently.

Student parent resource center at an Oregon higher education institution March 17, 2021

Our statement on the senseless killings of eight people in Atlanta.

Emmy Howe, M.Ed., Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Soo Hong, Ed.D., and Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

March 9, 2021

Panelists discussed what the Biden-Harris administration has done so far and what still needs to be done to support educators and students.

parenting student resource center at an Oregon higher education institution March 8, 2021

Research Scientist Autumn Green, M.Ed., Ph.D., spoke at a hearing of the Oregon State Senate Committee on Education about a proposed bill to collect and report data on college students who are parents.

Teen girl uses phone while putting on makeup February 24, 2021

A recently published journal article explores social media’s role in influencing adolescents' attitudes toward body image.

Nora Pearce, Wellesley College Student

February 9, 2021

Nora Pearce, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, discusses research findings from a journal article she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Grossman.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. December 15, 2020

Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., has been appointed as Forbes Ignite’s new Scientific Advisor.

Picture of Nancy Marshall.December 2, 2020

Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director Nancy L. Marshall, Ed.D., who is retiring after 35 years at the Wellesley Centers for Women, took a moment to reflect on her experiences. 

Infants crawl and walk in child care setting November 11, 2020

Our Work, Families & Children Research Group will examine how nonstandard and/or unpredictable work schedules make it difficult for low-income parents to access quality child care.

Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab

November 5, 2020

The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab shares findings from a study of middle school students' social media use.

Teen lays in bed and looks at phone November 2, 2020

A new study finds that the quantity of social technology use, type of content viewed, and social context is significantly related to later bedtimes and less sleep for early adolescents.

Advancing Racial Justice Through Research and Action panelists

October 28, 2020

Panelists discussed how they advance racial justice in their work at WCW and shared ways that participants can take steps in their own lives to dismantle systemic racism.

City of Boston logo October 27, 2020

The written testimony of Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., CAGS, presented to the Boston City Council Committee on Education.

Layli Maparyan

October 22, 2020

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., moderated a discussion panel on women's suffrage.

COVID-19 and Gender Equality Panelists

October 19, 2020

Experts from WCW discussed the unique ways COVID-19 is impacting women's work-life balance, economic opportunities, and mental wellbeing during this virtual panel.

Character from Path 2 Purpose; created by Charad Perkins / Odd Duck October 8, 2020

The Path 2 Purpose campaign aims to help teens cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

parenting student with baby at home October 6, 2020

The Jacob Bluestein Foundation awarded a $15,000 gift to the Wellesley Centers for Women to support the Higher Education Access for Parenting Students Research Initiative.

SEL and Equity in Education

August 13, 2020

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., of WCW was part of a virtual panel composed of three leading national organizations in the out-of-school time quality improvement, coaching, and measurement space that facilitated discussion about virtual summer and afterschool programs.

Black father and son in conversation September 29, 2020

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., received a grant from the NIH to study whether fathers’ communication with their teenage children can protect teens from risky sexual behavior.

Wellesley Centers for Women student interns for 2020-2021 September 24, 2020

Six Wellesley College students recently began internships through the Class of 1967 Internship Program at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

SEL and Equity in Education

August 25, 2020

WCW Visiting Scholar Karen Craddock, Ph.D., spoke on a virtual panel hosted by Six Seconds on the topic of emotional complexity as it relates to oppression.

Gitanjali Rao speaks to students during the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab virtual summer workshop August 20, 2020

The Wellesley Centers for Women teamed up with the Wellesley College Computer Science Department to host a virtual workshop that helped adolescents explore their identities, introduced them to STEM concepts, and taught them about healthy social media use.

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, Linda Charmaraman, and Sarah Wong July 31, 2020

Two programs of the Wellesley Centers for Women collaborated to host a webinar that explored the roles of social technology and SEL in remote learning.

SEL and Equity in Education

July 21, 2020

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., CAGS, of Open Circle discussed equity in education during a webinar hosted by Six Seconds.

fractured image of woman wearing a mask July 14, 2020

At a time when teens are particularly vulnerable to anxiety and depression, the new funding will allow an additional group of teens to participate in an ongoing prevention study.

middle school student uses laptop during summer workshop on digital wellbeing July 13, 2020

The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab is looking for middle school students to participate in a free summer learning program that begins July 27.

Teen boys look at phone

July 6, 2020

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., presented on a virtual panel hosted by Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development.

George Floyd Memorial; Photo by Lorie Shaull, shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license June 2, 2020

Our statement on the anti-racism protests in response to the killing of George Floyd.

Linda Williams, Ph.D., Dhanya Nageswaran, Megan Cassidy

May 29, 2020

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Dhanya Nageswaran, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2021, worked with mentor Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., to study the ways colleges and universities respond to sexual assault on campus.

Nan Stein, Ed.D., Jessica Abowitz, and Megan Cassidy

May 28, 2020

Jessica Abowitz, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, studied student activist movements against sexual harassment in K-12 schools with mentor Nan Stein, Ed.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Wendy Robeson, Ed.D., Ninotska Love, and Megan Cassidy

May 27, 2020

Ninotska Love, a Wellesley College student and Davis Scholar in the class of 2020, reflects on her internship with Wendy Robeson, Ed.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Office of Admissions sign at a U.S. college May 26, 2020

A report on campus sexual assault by our Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative was published days before new Title IX rules were issued by the Department of Education.

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., Nora Pearce, and Megan Cassidy

May 26, 2020

Nora Pearce, a Wellesley College student in the class of 2022, reflects on her internship with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Katie Du, undergraduate student research assistant May 14, 2020

Undergraduate student research assistant Katie Du reflects on her work with our Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, and her experience as an international student at Wellesley during a pandemic.

Infants in child care space March 16, 2020

Our Work, Families, & Children Research Group assisted with a report on child care accessibility and affordability in Boston.

Hauwa Ibrahim, international human rights and Sharia law attorney

March 5, 2020

Hauwa Ibrahim, J.D., S.J.D., M.L., gave a keynote address during a celebration of International Women's Day at Wellesley College.


March 1, 2020

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we look back on the very first Women’s Review of Books.

LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D.

February 26, 2020

During Black History Month, LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D., reflects on the Black women who have influenced her research and her life.

Special issue of Journal of Adolescent Research January 29, 2020

Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research focused on adolescent and emerging adult development in an age of social media.

An enthusiastic, intergenerational crowd lines up to get their book signed by Dr. Peggy McIntosh. December 6, 2019

Members of the WCW community gathered at the Wellesley College Club in November 2019 to celebrate the publication of a new book by activist and changemaker Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

Group photo from November 2019 event in Atlanta on work-life balance November 26, 2019

The Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley Club of Atlanta, and The Lola, a women-focused coworking space, joined together in Atlanta, GA, in November 2019 to discuss women's entrepreneurship, the gender pay gap, and work-life balance.

Black-Indigenous American fabric and jewelry

November 14, 2019

Karen Craddock, Ph.D., shares findings from a case study centering the voices of women with Black-Indigenous American ancestry.

Washington, DC, autumn November 13, 2019

Visiting Scholar Karen Craddock, Ph.D., participated in a symposium in Washington, D.C., on religion, spirituality, and mental health for youth of color.

Jonathon Zaff

October 17, 2019

Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D discusses young people’s need for a “web of support.”


October 3, 2019

Dr. Linda Charmaraman, Wellesley’s Professor Catherine Delcourt, and student researchers discuss their efforts to design an app that promotes healthy social media use in middle school students.

Headshot photos of the student interns who will work at WCW in 2019-20. From left to right, Row 1: Nora Pearce, Jessica Abowitz, Ninotska Love. Row 2: Dhanya Nageswaran, Sandra Riano September 20, 2019

Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, five Wellesley College students will gain hands-on social science research experience and mentorship from a WCW research scientist through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.


September 19, 2019

Scholars discuss their journey in designing and implementing a science and art education program for students in Nigeria.

middle school age kids work on laptopJuly 29, 2019

Dr. Linda Charmaraman turned her research into action when she co-led a workshop teaching middle schoolers to use social media in healthy ways.

Jennifer Grossman

July 3, 2019

Senior research scientist Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., explains why having open conversations among family members about sex, dating, and relationships can help protect teens from risky sexual behavior.

Dr. Sari Kerr, economist and senior research scientist, testifies in front of CongressJune 26, 2019

Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., economist and senior research scientist, testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Budget at a hearing on the economic benefits of immigration.


April 18, 2019

Researchers look at what has and hasn't changed for gender equality in college basketball over the last ten years.

adult woman and young girl in conversation

March 29, 2019

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., and Wellesley College student Anmol Nagar '21 discuss how conversations between teens and extended family can prevent teens' risky sexual behavior.

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