Kathryn Modecki. PhD is a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and an associate professor (senior lecturer) in developmental psychology at Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Australia.
Modecki studies how adolescents navigate the challenges of their teenage years and their pathways towards and away from problems (binge drinking, aggression, bullying, mental health problems). With support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychological Association, the CRC-YAW, the Australian Research Council, and other organizations, Modecki’s work asks translational questions to inform policy and prevention: -What are the ways that settings and programs (online and off) can help bolster adolescent health and behaviour outcomes, particularly for those youth most at-risk due to socio-economic disadvantage? (Modecki, Barber, & Eccles, 2014; Modecki, Blomfield-Neira, & Barber, 2018) -Which key skills should we seek to instil and enhance among at-risk adolescents, to facilitate wellbeing and safeguard against the challenges of day-to-day life? (Guerrra, Modecki, & Cunningham, 2014; Modecki, Zimmer-Gembeck, & Guerra, 2017) -How can we best leverage the online space to build skills, provide information and support, and reach adolescents outside of the scope of structured therapies or crisis? (Modecki, Goldberg, Ehrenreich, Russell, & Bellmore, 2019; Duvenage, Correia, Uink….Modecki, 2019) Modecki consults for organizations such as Outward Bound at-risk programs, Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, and the World Bank. Most recently she partnered with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and with a team of scientists explored the role of technology in family well-being (www.modernlifestudy.com)