Each month we shine a spotlight on a member of our Talent Network to help you meet each other virtually and inspire you with the outstanding people that are part of our network. This month we feature Candice Odgers, a research fellow and Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, North Carolina, US.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being. I use new technologies, including mobile phone surveys and wearable devices, to identify daily triggers of adolescent risk-taking and mental health problems. We just published findings reporting that more technology use is linked to mental health issues in at-risk adolescents and have also written a blogpost about it. Last month, we also reported new findings exploring how growing up in cities may influence young people’s mental health, which is covered here.

How do you think you can benefit from the Talent Network?

Personally, I am most excited about the opportunity to interact with a global community of talented individuals committed to advancing the science of child development. During my training in London, I felt well connected to the European research community and common issues facing young people across the United States and Europe. But since moving back to the US, it has been harder to keep these connections and shared goals alive. I hope that connections with the European research community, as well as the industry and media, are built and maintained through the network as such connections are increasingly important in today’s world. The Jacobs Foundation’s network offers a global community of scholars an unprecedented opportunity to connect on some of the top challenges facing children and youth.

How will you make use of the Talent Nework?

I plan to engage with other fellows through the network to share information, stay informed of recent developments and meetings, and explore new ways to build collaborations that focus on issues we all care about. It is impressive to see the amazing group of people the Jacobs Foundation has gathered in the network. It is especially attractive that it is not restricted to academics but includes stakeholders from different sectors – not just different disciplines –with common goals who now have one common space.

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