Linda Charmaraman Projects




  • Adolescent Media Project (AMP)

    2022 - 2024

    This study uses innovative technology to better understand how social media use connects with mental health and wellbeing for young adolescents.

    This study of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab aims to better understand the contexts and characteristics that influence how social media use connects with mental health and wellbeing for young adolescents. It capitalizes and expands upon an existing longitudinal study and, for a subset of young users (13- to 14-year-olds), utilizes data that assesses adolescents moment-by-moment.

    The study’s primary aim is to determine the specific characteristics (e.g., demographics) and social contexts (e.g., COVID pandemic, family media rules) of adolescents’ online social interactions (e.g., relationship of the people interacting, content of interaction, total amount of use) that are associated with indicators of mental wellbeing.

    The study’s significance lies in 1) furthering scientific understanding about standardized data collection methods and innovative technology to systematically document early adolescent digital interactions at a more timely, contextualized level, and 2) identifying contextual variables and individual characteristics that are associated with risky and resilient social media use. In the long term, findings will be applicable to interventions designed to encourage online behaviors linked to positive mental health outcomes and discourage others.



  • Digital Wellbeing in Middle Schools

    Ongoing since 2021

    This project will develop digital wellbeing lessons for middle schoolers that combine digital citizenship and social and emotional learning.



  • Early Adolescent Social Technology Use and Parental Monitoring: Implications for Psychosocial and Behavioral Health

    Ongoing since 2018

    This project studies social media usage in adolescents while providing Wellesley College students with hands-on research opportunities.



  • Media and Identity Study

    Ongoing since 2011

    The purpose of this online nationwide survey study is to understand how different types of media impact young people’s sense of social identities.



  • National Institute on Out-of-School Time

    Ongoing since 1979

    NIOST supports the healthy development of children, families, and communities, and advances the OST field through our research, training, advocacy, and tools.



  • Parental Behavior, Human-Animal Interaction, and Adolescent Development

    2020 - 2022

    This study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, explores connections between youth relationships with pets and healthy adolescent behaviors.



  • Promoting Adolescent Wellbeing through Social Media: Digital Wellbeing Workshops

    Ongoing since 2019

    The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab is collaborating with a team of community and academic experts from media literacy, computer science, and STEM learning to develop a social media wellbeing app, co-designed by youth who would be the primary users of the app.



  • Risk and Resilience of Media and Social Networking use in Vulnerable Adolescent Populations

    Ongoing since 2013

    Charmaraman will interview a subset of 30 participants from the larger online survey study of over 1,300 young people aged 12 – 25 from the U.S. and abroad.



  • Teen-parent health communication over early, middle, and late adolescence

    2019 - 2021

    This study is the first in-depth, longitudinal examination of teen-parent sexuality communication over three periods of adolescent developmental.



  • The LORT Report: Examining racial and gender representation in resident theater leadership

    Ongoing since 2022

    This study seeks to examine racial and gender disparities in representation and “pipeline” issues among executive leaders, next-in-line leaders, senior staff members, trustees, and search consultants working in resident theaters across America.

    Background

    The Women's Leadership in Resident Theaters study examined gender representation in leadership and those “next in line” at theaters that were members of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) during the 2013-2014 performance season. The study tracked a sizable gender imbalance among leaders in the field and articulated the structural barriers facing women aspiring to executive-level positions. The study’s release led to the formation of LORT’s Diversity Task Force, which has evolved into the LORT Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Since 2016, the number of female artistic and executive leaders at LORT theaters has increased, and many of these theaters, for the first time in their history, are being led by women, a handful of them BIPOC.

    While the study primarily focused on gender representation, researchers also found a “virtual absence of women of color in regional theaters.” Since the study’s publication, the number of BIPOC leaders at LORT theaters has also increased, but representation remains low, particularly for BIPOC men. Analyzing the current racial and gender representation of leadership and barriers to entry will continue to illuminate both progress and challenges for LORT to consider in its future efforts to eliminate and dismantle oppressive systems and practices.

    Methodology

    Following the methodology of the Women’s Leadership in Resident Theatres study, this study will investigate the identity-specific barriers (e.g., personal, cultural, systemic) connected to leadership positions and influence in LORT theaters. To do this, current executive leaders and next-in-line leaders at LORT theaters will be surveyed and interviewed. In addition, the study will expand upon the work of the original study by including discussions with senior staff members, trustees, search committee members, and executive search consultants. In order to fully assess the systemic barriers encountered by people seeking leadership positions in the American theater, all parties involved in the hiring process must be fully assessed, particularly the handful of executive search firms that hold disproportionate influence on the executive search process for a majority of LORT’s member theaters.

    Desired Outcomes

    The study aims to increase awareness of persisting racial and gender inequities for artistic and executive leaders and those that aspire to such positions. It will provide recommendations designed to guide changes in the development and selection of a robust and diverse slate of candidates for leadership positions at LORT theaters as well as other arts and cultural organizations.


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