Adriana Manago received her Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology and a certificate in Culture, Brain, and Development from UCLA in 2011. Dr. Manago is currently an assistant professor of developmental psychology at UC Santa Cruz and Senior Researcher at Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles. She studies development in a variety of cultural contexts, including the online cultural context of social networking sites.
She has examined how adolescents engage in romantic partnering and gendered self-presentations online and how the nature of peer interactions on social networking sites impact adolescents’ self constructions. She is the recipient of the Millard Madsen Distinguished Dissertatin Award in Developmental Psychology. She earned her B.A. in journalism at West Virginia University and her M.A. in experimental psychology at San Jose State University.
Our mission is to study children, teens, and emerging adults’ interaction with the newer forms of interactive digital media and to see how these interactions both affect and reflect their offline lives and long-term development.