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Prof. Whitlock is the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. She is also a Research Scientist and the Associate Director for Teaching and Training in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. She is the author of publications on non-suicidal self-injury in adolescence and young adulthood, social media and mental health, and in youth connectedness to schools and communities. She earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University (2003), a Masters of Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill (1994), and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley (1988). Her current primary research focus includes development of early detection and intervention in mental health and wellbeing using social media and other technological affordances, particularly in the areas of self-injury and suicide. In addition to NSF funded research in these areas, she focuses on broadening understanding of non-suicidal self-injury, particularly in relation to recovery and parent experiences. She is also a Principal Investigator for an early intervention project aimed at reducing sexual violence and is pursuing a newer line of research related to sexual health and development in the digital age. She is dedicated to translating research into practice and policy through broad dissemination of user friendly materials and through development of web-based training and education programs for parents and professionals (see, largely as an outgrowth of her work as a practitioner in adolescent and women’s health in a variety of clinical, administrative, and education-related capacities for over a decade.


Cornell University (NY, USA)