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Use of Digital Phenotyping to Examine the Relationship Between Digital Experiences and Substance Use

DECEMBER 8, 2023

Meredith Gansner, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Boston Children’s Hospital
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

About the Presentation:  An outline of the talk is as follows:

  • Discussion of why we should be interested in the relationship between adolescent digital media use and substance use
  • Discussion of challenges in understanding this relationship with traditional research methodologies
  • Discussion of digital phenotyping and its potential role in clarifying this relationship

About the Presenter:  Meredith Gansner is an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and attending child psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on adolescent problematic Internet use and high-risk digital media use. For this work, she has been awarded a Dupont Warren Fellowship Grant, an Eleanor and Miles Shore Faculty Development Award through Harvard Medical School, and pilot funding through an NIMH ALACRITY Center grant. Most recently, she was the recipient of a K23 award through NIDA to study the relationship between digital media and substance use using digital phenotyping. She is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry media committee and has written articles about problematic digital media use for The Psychiatric Times, Cognoscenti, The Boston Globe and Slate magazine.