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University of Michigan School of Information

Carol Scott

Carol Scott

Research Fellow, School of Information Email: Phone: 734/615-1387
Office: School of Information/North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Personal website CV


Carol F. Scott, PhD, MSW, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Her mentor is Sarita Schoenebeck. In 2019, Carol earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Prior to her doctoral training, Carol obtained her MSW from the University of Windsor (Canada).

Broadly speaking, Carol is interested in youth health and well-being, including mental health, alcohol and substance use, and bullying/harassment. Her current research project is a 16-week ecological momentary assessment (EMA) exploring how social media engagement relates to teen (ages 13-17) depression and anxiety, in real-time, and how these relationships are mediated by negative social comparison, envy, and rumination. The findings from this study will assist Carol in designing and deploying Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAI) to at-risk youth via responsive technology. Carol's ultimate goal is to facilitate healing by providing youth with the tools necessary to champion their own innate strength and resourcefulness with practical applications of her research, service, teaching, mentorship, and policy/practice recommendations.

Carol was born and raised on a family farm in a rural town in Southwestern, Ontario, Canada. She wholeheartedly identifies as a social work researcher and sees her scholarship as a form of service. Importantly, you should know that Carol became a social worker because she believes your life is worth her time!



Areas of interest

Social media use
Youth development, health, and well-being
Alcohol and substance use
Mental health
Bullying and peer relations
Trauma and trauma-informed approaches
Resiliency and recovery
Just-in-time adaptive mHealth interventions

Honors & Awards

University at Buffalo School of Social Work and the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) Excellence in Research Award for Students (2019)


Two-year Diploma (Police Foundations), Fleming College (Canada)

BA (Experimental Psychology), McMaster University Department of Psychology (Canada)

MSW, University of Windsor School of Social Work (Canada)

PhD (Social Welfare), University at Buffalo School of Social Work