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

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:

Family Health Lab to Present at Midwestern Psychological Association Conference

Come see members of the Family Health Lab present at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference this week (April 12-14) at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL!

Here is a list of their presentations:

  • **Borgen, A. L., **Brenner, S. B., *Gerrie, R., Miller, A. L., & Domoff, S. E. (2018, April). Reliability of Parent Reports of Children’s TV Use During Mealtime. Paper to be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • **Brenner, S. B., **Borgen, A. L., *Robinson, C. A., *Crane, K. A., Miller, A. L., & Domoff, S. E. (2018, April). The association between mealtime media exposure and obesity risk. Poster to be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • *Nichols, A., Hannah, M., Miller, A. L., & Domoff, S. E. (2018, April). Maternal Education and Children’s Mealtime Media Exposure. Poster to be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • *Robinson, C., **Brenner, S., **Borgen, A. L., Peterson, K., Miller, A. L., & Domoff, S. E. (2018, April). The Dietary Quality of Children’s Meals when Multiple Media and Mobile Devices are Present. Poster to be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • *Purol, M., *Gerrie, R., Miller, A. L., & Domoff, S. E. (2018, April). Maternal Depression and Low Life Satisfaction as Risk Factors for Children’s Mealtime Media Use. Poster to be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Domoff will also be presenting the PCIT-Health intervention at Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans on Thursday, April 12th at 2pm.

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.

Dr. Domoff to Appear on WCMU’s “Ask the Child Psychologists” on January 18

Dr. Larissa Niec and Dr. Sarah Domoff will appear on WCMU’s Ask the Child Psychologists on Thursday, January 18, 7:30 PM – 8 PM EST.


Two Clinical Psychology professors, Dr. Larissa Niec and Dr. Sarah Domoff, will be answering questions about parenting and children’s screen time. Dr. Niec, a master-trainer in Parent Child Interaction Therapy will be featured with Dr. Domoff, who will be answering questions that parents, clinicians, and educators have about children’s media use and screen time.

For more information about the live broadcast, and to submit questions, 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!

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