What We Do
Researchers in the Digital Youth Lab explore the transformative potential of new and future technologies in young people’s lives. Drawing on a variety of methods and disciplinary perspectives, our work encompasses topics such as co-designing new technologies, youth well-being, computing education, developing literacies, and learning across settings. Spanning global contexts, our research addresses the role of digital media and information technologies in relation to access and equity for youth and their communities.
Katie Davis guest edits special edition of journal on adolescent development
Digital Youth Lab researcher Katie Davis guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research on young people's development in an age of social media. Read it here.
'How the iSchool explores youth tech use through phones, fanfiction, and more'
Read about our research in this November 2019 article in the UW Daily, quoting Digital Youth Lab faculty Katie Davis, Amy Ko and Jason Yip. "Where I start with all my research is really take the time to understand what [youth] are doing, why they’re doing it, and what it means to them," Davis says in the story.
Beverly Cleary Professorship
In fall 2016, Professor Michelle Martin joined the iSchool as the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in Children and Youth Services. This endowed Professorship was created to honor the work of renowned author and librarian Beverly Cleary, who graduated from the iSchool in 1939.
Digital Youth Lab News
Alexis Hiniker, a Digital Youth Lab researcher, received a $182,000 Jacobs Foundation fellowship for "Designing Digital Assistants for Prosocial Communication." The project will investigate how conversational agents such as Siri and Alexa affect children's speech and well-being.
Davis to study COVID-19 effects among teens
Digital Youth Lab researcher Katie Davis, a professor at the Information School, received a 2020-21 iSchool Strategic Research Fund grant for her study, Tracking the Long-term Effects of COVID-19 on Teens' Wellbeing.
Professor Michelle Martin and collaborators published "Harry Potter in the 21st Century: Leveraging Problematic Fiction to Infuse Social Justice into LIS Curriculum" in the December 2020 edition of Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal. The article documents how to create inclusive programming that capitalizes on Harry Potter fandom.
Karen Fisher, a Digital Youth Lab researcher and professor at the Information School, recently received a Google Award for Inclusion Research to support her work in designing mobile technology for young Syrian refugee women in Jordan.
Associate Professor Jin Ha Lee studies communities centered around popular video games and the Korean pop band BTS. UW News asked her about her research and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected those communities.
Led by Professor Amy Ko, University of Washington researchers and teacher educators are launching a new partnership to prepare computer science teachers who position young people to understand and shape the impacts of computing on their communities.
The projects span several initiatives to benefit libraries and their users: making libraries more inclusive for children with autism, using open data to serve library users, managing post-traumatic stress among library staff, and supporting teen and young-adult patrons of rural libraries.
Researchers want to identify technology that’s helping families successfully keep children engaged in learning and stay connected with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers are studying whether people recognize what their apps are sharing about them and whether these indicators change how people behave online.
The internet can be a dark and scary place, especially for teenagers. But in fanfiction communities, teens explore their creative sides and work together to improve their skills, usually without fear of ridicule. In “Writers in the Secret Garden,” Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis shed light on this phenomenon and explain how mentoring that occurs in fanfiction could apply in other settings.
The Children’s Literature Association’s Mentoring Award recognizes Information School Professor Michelle Martin’s work encouraging and nurturing scholars in the children’s literature field. Martin focuses primarily on helping young scholars of color, particularly African American women, when they seek support and advice.