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.
Ph.D. Student in Education
Davide Cino is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education in Contemporary Society at the University of Milan-Bicocca and a Research Associate at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, where he is working on the ySKILLS (Youth Skills) and CO:RE (Children Online Research and Evidence) Horizon 2020 projects. His main research interests concern children’s online presence and digital skills, digital parenting, and informal learning online.
As part of his doctoral program, he worked as a Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University with Professor Ellen Wartella and is currently a member of the lab. He is also a member of the Center for Educational Studies on Children and Families at the University of Bologna, and a collaborator of the Children’s Digital Media Center at UCLA and California State University LA. He has collaborated with the Complutense University of Madrid for past research projects.
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.