Are you struggling to navigate questions and concerns shared by families and community about social media use and the impact on youth mental health?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health was formed in 2022 from a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Through this webinar, Center Ambassador Dr. Libby Milkovich, MD, FAAP provides an overview of the risks and benefits of social media, how it impacts youth wellbeing, and the implications concerning the current narrative. She is joined by Jessica Lee, a sophomore at the University of California Irvine, who is a member of the Center’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP).
Learn more about the Center of Excellence’s guiding framework, current activities, what the Center’s YAP is saying, and resources that can be shared with your communities.
Jessica Lee (she/her/hers) is a 2nd year undergraduate studying at the University of California -Irvine. She spent 3 years working with the Technology and Mental Wellness youth advisory board at the University of Wisconsin – Madison before joining the AAP’s Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health as a member of the Technical Expert Panel and the Youth Advisory Panel. Jessica is excited to speak on her experiences with everyone and is open to any questions which might arise.
Dr. Libby Matile Milkovich is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. After medical school at the University of Kansas and pediatric residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, she began her developmental and behavioral pediatric fellowship at Children’s Mercy Kansas City where she stayed as faculty. As faculty, she continues her clinical work- completing developmental evaluations and helping families manage a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability.
She is passionate about shaping environments to maximize developmental outcomes for children. This has led to a research interest in technology’s impact on learning and social development with a particular focus on internet use in the school setting. She shares this expertise as an elected Member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media where she led the reaffirmation of the AAP’s policy, Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents. She also serves as an Ambassador for the AAP’s Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health.