On May 31, 2023, Dr. Mitch Prinstein and Dr. Eva Telzer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present a free webinar, “Technology, Social Media, and Adolescent Mental Health” offered by the Alan Hu Foundation. Prinstein and Telzer are Co-Directors of the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain and Psychological Development.

They explain, “In this talk, we will deconstruct the psychological science on youths’ technology and social media use to understand the questions scientists are asking, what we have found, what it means for youth today, and what you can do to help. Though the results are sometimes frightening, there is some hope, especially if parents, educators, and policy-makers take action now.”

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and is Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist who has studied child and adolescent mental health for over 25 years and has published hundreds of scientific manuscripts, chapters and textbooks, trade books, and a workbook for adolescents. Dr. Prinstein is regularly featured as an expert in psychological science within hundreds of national and international outlets including the New York Times, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, CNN, and TEDx Talks.

Eva Telzer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill and an Associate Editor at Child Development and Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience. Her research examines how social and cultural processes shape adolescent brain development, with a focus on prosocial and risk-taking behaviors, family and peer relationships, and the role of social media in youths’ lives. She has authored numerous publications, received many awards for her work, and consulted government agencies and non-profit associations. Dr. Telzer has had media appearances in the New York Times, NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC.

The free webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:20 pm PDT via Zoom. It will include 20 minutes for questions and answers following the presentation. Please RSVP by May 30, 2023, at: https://alanhufoundation.org/ to receive the Zoom meeting link. Participants may join beginning at 4:45 pm. The Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities at https://www.mhacc-usa.org will provide simultaneous Chinese interpretation.

The Alan Hu Foundation was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son, Alan. He passed away due to mental disorders in 2018 at the age of 15. Their mission is to promote mental health, raise awareness and remove stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, and to support fundamental research for cures.

For further information and to support the Alan Hu Foundation, please visit the website: https://alanhufoundation.org/helping