David Bickham


Research Director
Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital

Director of Fellowship Training
Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Adolescent Health

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School

David S. Bickham, Ph.D. is Research Director at the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of Fellowship Training in the Division of Adolescent Health, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Hailing from Wellsboro Pennsylvania, Dr. Bickham went on to earn his BA in psychology from Haverford College, followed by his MA and PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Texas. His work explores the intersection between young people’s media use and their health and development.  Dr. Bickham uses a variety of methodologies including large surveys, Ecological Momentary Assessment, and qualitative techniques to examine how specific aspects of social media and other technology may alleviate or aggravate symptoms of depression and other mental health problems. His investigations with clinical samples from the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) examine the individual and contextual factors that predispose adolescents to experience Problematic Interactive Media Use.  Dr. Bickham has authored numerous research articles and book chapters, has worked with numerous tech companies to improve the mental health of their users, and has testified to federal and state lawmakers about topics related to media and health.

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