Professor Candice L. Odgers
Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine, USA
My research focuses on how early experiences and social inequalities influence child and adolescent development, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be leveraged to understand and improve the lives of young people.
Too many young people suffer with mental health problems – this has long been the case and there are signs that for some disorders, like depression and anxiety, it may be getting worse. Now more than ever there is a need to focus on what we can do to support youth and reduce exposure to the factors we know put them at risk – poverty, discrimination, inequality and a lack of positive supports and investments. My hope is that the fear-based conversations about adolescents and their phones will be replaced about facts and ways of leveraging new tech to support youth in increasingly uncertain, unequal, and digital times.