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Dr. Kimberly Young

Dr. Kimberly Young is amazing. She identified internet addiction when most of the online world was still trying to figure out Compuserve and AOL. She was a thought leader before the term became popular. And today Dr. Young continues to lead the way with treatment programs, resources for diagnosing internet and device addiction and teaching. At Tech Wellness we're excited to share her invaluable perspective on the Tech Effect of screen time.

Dr. Kimberly Young is a licensed psychologist and an internationally known expert on Internet addiction. She founded the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995 and is a professor at St. Bonaventure University publishing numerous articles and books including as Caught in the Net, the first to identify Internet addiction, Tangled in the Web, Breaking Free of the Web, and Internet addiction: A Handbook and Guide for Evaluation and Treatment. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, Good Morning America, and ABC’s World News Tonight. She has received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Alumni Ambassador Award for Outstanding Achievement from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. She serves on the advisory board for The Internet Group in Toronto and the Japanese Ministry for the prevention and treatment of Internet Addiction.

Dr. Young founded the first US-based inpatient hospital clinic for Internet Addiction at the Bradford Regional Medical Center and she created the 3-6-9-12 Screen Smart Parenting Guidelines the first parenting guidelines based on the developmental age of the child (ages 3-6-9-12 and beyond).

She has testified for the Child Online Protection Act Congressional Commission and she has been a keynote speaker at the European Union of Health and Medicine, the International Conference on Digital Culture in Seoul, Korea, the US Army War College in Pennsylvania, and the First International Congress on Internet Addiction Disorders in Milan, Italy. She also served on the National Academy of Sciences panel for the Digital Media and Developing Minds colloquia.

She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, the American Journal of Family Therapy, Addicta: The Turkish Journal of Addiction, the International Journal of Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice, and on the advisory board of CyberPsychology: Journal for Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, and a member of the American Psychological Association.

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