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Laura Marciano, Ph.D.

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Laura Marciano is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Chan T.H. School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Science, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, and at Prof. Viswanath’s lab. She is the Principal Investigator of the HappyB project (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) and of a new NIH R21 project (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health), both aiming to study the longitudinal link between smartphone use, social media, and positive well-being in young people, using cutting-edge methods like trace data, EMAs, screenshots, and a digital biomarker.

She obtained her PhD Switzerland studying digital media use, well-being, and personality. Her doctoral work received the prize for the best thesis in Social sciences from the Italian Embassy in Bern. She studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan (Italy), where she graduated with honors and honorable mention.

Dr. Marciano also promotes international science dissemination activities with the IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research.

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  1. R21HD115354 (MARCIANO, LAURA) Sep 19, 2023 - Aug 31, 2025
    NIH
    Bidirectional Influences Between Adolescent Social Media Use and Mental Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. P500PS_202974 (Laura Marciano) Jan 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    HappyB
    Role Description: This study, called HappyB, aims to investigate how digital media use, particularly smartphone and social media use, is linked, over time, to youth well-being conceptualized in a positive way. The project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation(SNSF), started in January 2022 and will run for 24 months. The data collected will be analyzed at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, USA).
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.