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WHO WE ARE

We are an international multidisciplinary consortium bringing together scientists from 14 countries and 22 institutions.

The aim of our collaboration is to initiate changes in current health and social policies and practices designed to reduce the harmful effects of digitalization on mental health, particularly among young people. Therefore, we are initiating research in 9 countries, which will involve thousands of youth representatives, and the results will be published for public consumption.

We call this project BootStRaP: Boosting Societal Adaptation and Mental Health in a Rapidly Digitalizing, Post-Pandemic Europe.

MEET OUR TEAM

Naomi
Fineberg

Principle Investigator &
Scientific Coordinator

Natalie
Hall

Trial Manager

Megan
Smith

Clinical Trial Support
Manager

Susanne
Walitza

WP1 Lead

HOW WE WORK

BootStRaP brings together a multidisciplinary consortium aiming to initiate health and social policy and practice change designed to reduce the harmful effects of digitalization on mental health, particularly for young people.

Recruitment and
Retention, focusing on
participant engagement

Work Package 1 (WP1) aims to streamline ethics approval, methodically recruit and assess three young cohorts for intervention, and prioritise maintaining high participant retention throughout the study’s phases.

Co-Lead
Carmen Moreno

Assessment and Psychological
Mechanisms, delving into
behavioral evaluations

Work Package 2 (WP2) aims to understand the Problematic Use of the Internet, develop screening tools, identify at-risk adolescent subgroups, and evaluate PUI’s societal cost and burden.

Co-Lead
Christian Montag

Intervention, where
solutions are
innovatively crafted

Work Package 3 (WP3) focuses on creating digital interventions, evaluating their preventive efficacy, and determining their cost-effectiveness in addressing the targeted issues.

Co-Lead
Andres Roman-Urrestarazu

Citizen Engagement and
Co-creation, fostering
community collaborations

Work Package 4 (WP4) prioritises youth, teacher, and parent participation, ensuring ethical and safe engagement. We aim to uphold digital human rights and youth mental wellbeing.

Co-Lead
Julia Jones

Societal and Policy Change,
aimed at broad-scale
transformations

Work Package 5 (WP5) focuses on communicating findings, crafting a toolkit for digital human rights, and informing policymakers about PUI’s societal costs and preventive strategies.

Co-Lead
Julius Burkauskas

Management and Coordination,
ensuring smooth project
operations

Work Package 6 (WP6) oversees project progress, manages finances, ensures ethical standards, coordinates board meetings, and upholds robust and FAIR data management practices.

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