Sarah E. Domoff, PhD

Clinical Child Psychologist, Expert on Children's Media Use and Problematic Media Use in Adolescents. Director of the Family Health Lab, Central Michigan University

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Dr. Domoff and Graduate Student Ryan Foley Present at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Dr. Domoff and graduate student Ryan Foley presented at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory at the Digital Media and Developing Minds, 2nd Congress on October 15-18, 2018.

Three presentations were accepted at this congress:

  • Enhancing youth engagement in smartphone-based EMA research using gamification principles and eMoodie app.
  • Use of passive sensing to quantify adolescent mobile device usage: Feasibility and acceptability of the eMoodie app.
  • Addictive phone use and academic performance in U.S. adolescents.* Selected for a Flash Talk.

Dr. Domoff to Speak at 9th Annual Thematic Meeting on Addiction at Dartmouth College

Dr. Domoff was invited to speak at the 9th Annual Thematic Meeting on Addiction at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire on addiction to screen media on September 26th, 2018.

Dr. Domoff Presents at Michigan Head Start Association Fall Assembly

Dr. Domoff presented, “Mobile devices and tablets: How to increase positive interactions with children and families around screen time” at the Michigan Head Start Association Fall Assembly in Mackinaw Island, MI on September 20th, 2018.

See more information here.

Dr. Domoff Awarded $405,000 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Dr. Domoff was awarded $405,000 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development for her grant, “Improving parent-child interactions to prevent obesity in early childhood” (1R21HD093944).

Honors Student Chelsea Robinson Presents Research at the State Capitol

Honors Student Chelsea Robinson presented research at the State Capitol last week:

Chelsea Robinson also presented research to CMU President Dr. George E. Ross:

Dr. Domoff to Lead Workshop “Addressing Social Media Use in Children: Best Practices for Clinicians in the Digital Age”

Dr. Sarah Domoff will lead a workshop on “Addressing Social Media Use in Children: Best Practices for Clinicians in the Digital Age” at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center in Midland, Michigan on February 22, 2018.

Workshop objectives:
– Understand how screen media and mobile device use impacts children’s social-emotional development.
– Distinguish between normative vs. problematic use of screen media during childhood & adolescence.
– Describe assessments and interventions for problematic use of screen media by children and adolescents.

Click here for more information on how to register.

Dr. Domoff and Dr. Niec on WCMU’s “Ask the Child Psychologists”

Thank you to WCMU for the opportunity to be on “Ask the Child Psychologists” on January 18, 2018. So many great questions were sent in related to parenting and screen time. For more information about the broadcast, click here.

Welcome Katie!

We are very excited to welcome Katie as the newest research assistant in the Family Health Lab! Katie is a freshman at CMU majoring in psychology and minoring in nutrition. She is interested in learning more about eating disorders and will be primarily helping with our research about teenagers and their mobile device use. Welcome Katie!

The Family Health Lab Receives Grant Approval

Congrats to Dr. Domoff! The Family Health Lab has been approved for a grant from CMU’s Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors Committee (FRCE). This will help us conduct our research about adolescents and their mobile device use.

Development and Validation of the Problematic Media Use Measure: A Parent Report Measure of Screen Media “Addiction” in Children.

Development and Validation of the Problematic Media Use Measure: A Parent Report Measure of Screen Media “Addiction” in Children.

Domoff, S.E., Harrison, K., Gearhardt, A.N., Gentile, D.A., Lumeng, J.C., & Miller, A.L. Development and Validation of the Problematic Media Use Measure: A Parent Report Measure of Screen Media “Addiction” in Children. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Abstract: Although problematic media use among adolescents is of wide interest, less is known regarding problematic media use among younger children. The current study reports on the development and validation of a parent-report measure of one potential aspect of children’s problematic use—screen media addiction—via the Problematic Media Use Measure (PMUM). Items were based on the 9 criteria for Internet gaming disorder in the DSM–5. The first study describes the development and preliminary validation of the PMUM in a sample of 291 mothers. Mothers (80.8% identified as White) of children aged four through 11 years of age completed the PMUM, and measures of child screen time and child psychosocial functioning. Exploratory factor analyses indicated a unidimensional construct of screen media addiction. The final versions of the PMUM (27 items) and PMUM Short Form (PMUM-SF; 9 items) evidenced high internal consistency (Cronbach’s α = .97 and α = .93, respectively). Regression analyses were conducted to examine the convergent validity of the PMUM with indicators of child psychosocial functioning. Convergent validity was supported, and the PMUM scales also independently predicted children’s total difficulties in functioning, over and above hours of screen time, indicating incremental validity. The second study sought to confirm the factor structure of the PMUM-SF and test for measurement invariance across gender. In a sample of 632 parents, we confirmed the factor structure of the PMUM-SF and found measurement invariance for boys and girls. These studies support the use of the PMUM-SF as a measure of screen media addiction in children aged 4 through 11 years old.

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