As a social worker, Carol F. Scott has more than a decade of behavioral-health research and practice experience. Using a trauma-informed approach, her research interests center on youth social media use and its relation to well-being, including mental health and problematic drinking. With a better understanding of these relationship, we can design responsive platforms (e.g., integrate alcohol-related normative messaging, posting guidelines, or encourage social support provision into theses youths' online experiences) and reduce users’ harm.
Using longitudinal, prospective approaches, including a 16-week ecological momentary assessment, Carol’s current project explores 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. These results will assist Carol in her ultimate goal of designing and deploying trauma-informed evidence-based mental and behavioral health interventions to at-risk youth via technology (e.g., social media).
Areas of interest
Social media, youth mental health and well-being, alcohol and substance use, trauma, development across the lifespan, and peer relations and bullying.
Honors & Awards
The Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) Excellence in Research Award for Students
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