Teen and Young Adult Development: Gender, Sexuality, Social Media, and Body Image

Supervising Faculty:

Sophia Choukas-Bradley, Ph.D.


Emily Carrino, B.A. and Chloe Bryen, B.A. - lab managers

Area of Research: Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology

Description of Research:

The Teen and Young Adult (TAYA) Lab is focused on understanding interpersonal and sociocultural influences on adolescent and young adult development. Dr. Choukas-Bradley is a faculty member in the Developmental, Clinical, and Social Psychology programs, and her research combines theories, methods, and research questions from these fields. Current areas of focus in the TAYA Lab include social media use, body image, sexual behavior, the objectification of girls and women, and LGBT adolescents. Detailed information about Dr. Choukas-Bradley, the lab team members, and the lab's research is available here:  https://www.sophiachoukasbradley.com/.

Examples of current areas of research focus include:

  • The roles of gender and social media in teens’ and young adults’ body image
  • The transformation of adolescents’ interpersonal relationships through social media
  • LGBT adolescents’ mental health
  • How girls and women are socialized to “self-objectify”
  • Sexuality, sexual behavior, and romantic relationships among adolescents and young adults
  • Adolescents’ definitions of feminism

Duties of Students:
A Directed Research position in the lab is ideal for enthusiastic, hard-working undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining research experiences in Psychology, are specifically interested in the research areas of the lab, and are able to commit 5-10 hours to lab work each week. Directed Research students and Volunteers participate each week in various lab tasks necessary for the research process. These tasks include: collecting, entering, and managing data; completing readings and participating actively in weekly lab meetings; and pursuing an independent research project. This research training experience is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing graduate school in Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, or related fields.

Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903:
• Must have a 3.5 GPA and meet the other departmental requirements
• Must also obtain clearances for work with children (Act 33/34/73)

Students who are interested in applying for the Directed Research position should complete an application, following the instructions here

Terms offered: Fall, Spring

Number of Students: 5-10

Additional Information: Detailed information about Dr. Choukas-Bradley, the lab team members, and the lab's research is available here: https://www.sophiachoukasbradley.com/