Digital Media and Developing Minds Second National Congress and Exposition

The second Digital Media and Developing Minds national interdisciplinary conference will be held October 15 - 18, 2018 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, New York. The event brings together scientists and researchers in the fields of neuroscience, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, communications, education, public health, epidemiology and others to: continue a dialogue between medical researchers and those in the social sciences field who study media effects; learn and exchange ideas on the cognitive, mental, physical and social impacts of digital media on youth, families, culture, and learning; identify and report on state-of-the-art empirical research on the impact of digital media on developing minds (i.e. toddlers, children, and adolescents); put to use new medically-based research techniques to use studying the potential impact of media use on children’s developing minds; meet and network with funders, educators, and industry leaders; and qualify to submit proposals for seed funding for collaborative, interdisciplinary research immediately following the conference.

NORC Senior Fellow Sherry Emery will serve on a panel that will address how young people’s love for digital media like texting, YouTube videos, apps, and social media can be used to promote healthy behaviors.

Learn more about the conference: http://www.childrenandscreens.com/second-national-congress/

Digital Media for Health Promotion Panel
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 11:15 pm - 12:00 pm
NORC Panelist: Sherry Emery, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago

How can young people’s love for digital media like texting, YouTube videos, apps, and social media be used to promote healthy behaviors? Whether the topic is vaping, the opioid epidemic, suicide prevention, safer sex, anxiety, or obesity, what are the most effective ways to leverage digital media as part of health promotion campaigns aimed at youth? This panel includes fresh data about teens’ use of digital health information and tools; examples of innovative uses of digital media for health promotion; an exploration of the role of e-health literacy as an important component of digital literacy; and a review of the methodological challenges involved in evaluating the effectiveness of digital health campaigns.


Vicky Rideout, MA of VJR Consulting will serve as a moderator for the discussion. Other panelists include Jennifer Manganello, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, University at Albany and Michele Ybarra, PhD, MPH, Center for Innovative Public Health Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.