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Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab

Wellesley Centers for Women

Our name sums it up. We study a breadth of issues related to youth, the media in which they are immersed, and implications for wellbeing.

We strive to understand how adolescents identify and express themselves as well as the ways that practitioners and families can promote young people’s sense of self and agency. We are particularly interested in girls and underrepresented young people whose lives may not be extensively researched or understood.

This research has been made possible with the support of the National Institutes for Health, Children and Screens: Institute Digital Media & Child Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Wellesley Centers for Women, among others.



Examining the complex factors that determine a young person’s identity, including their race, gender, sexuality, political and socio-economic status.

Mainstream Media


Examining the effects of the media messages that youth receive across their screens, magazine pages, and the airwaves.

Social Media


Understanding engagement with social media, the struggles and opportunities that families and schools encounter, implications for health and wellbeing, and adolescent’s own autonomy.

Adolescent Development in an Age of Social Media

Adolescent Development in an Age of Social Media

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, 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. Charmaraman co-wrote an introduction to the special issue with Katie Davis, Ph.D., of the University of Washington and Emily Weinstein, Ed.D., of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the introduction, the group discusses the importance of researching social media’s effect on young people, how the special issue contributes to knowledge of this issue, and the practical implications of the research in this field. Read more >>

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