Ariel Shensa, PhD, MA

Statistician and Research Scientist

Ariel ShensaBiography

Ariel has been with the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health since 2010. She has a background in Psychology, Quantitative Research Methods, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science. Her current research focuses on social media-derived support, classification of problematic social media use patterns, and developing longitudinal models of social media use and mental health outcomes among young adults.


PhD, Clinical & Translational Science—University of Pittsburgh

MA, Research Methodology—University of Pittsburgh

BA, Psychology—Chatham University


Title: Leveraging Twitter to Monitor Nicotine and Tobacco-Related Cancer Communication
Role: Statistician
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number:  R01-CA225773  
Years: 2018-2022

Title: Optimizing Mental Health in the Age of Social Media
Role: Statistician
Funding Agency: Fine Foundation
Years: 2017-2019

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  1. Shensa A, Sidani JE, Dew MA, Escobar-Viera CG, Primack BA. Social media use and depression and anxiety symptoms: A cluster analysis. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2018;42(2);116-128. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.42.2.11

  2. Shensa A, Sidani JE, Escobar-Viera CG, Chu KH, Bowman ND, Knight JM, Primack BA. Real-life closeness of social media contacts and depressive symptoms among university students. Journal of American College Health. 2018;16:1-8.  doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1440575

  3. Shensa A, Escobar-Viera, CG, Sidani JE, Bowman ND, Marshal MP, Primack BA. Problematic social media use and depressive symptoms among US young adults: A nationally-representative study. Social Science & Medicine. 2017;182:150-157. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.061​

  4. Shensa A, Sidani JE, Lin L, Bowman ND, Primack BA. Social media use and perceived emotional support among U.S. young adults. Journal of Community Health. 2016;41(3):541-9. doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0128-8​

  5. Shensa A, Phelps-Tschang JS, Miller E, Primack BA. A randomized crossover study of Web-based media literacy to prevent smoking. Health Education Research. 2016;31(1):48-59. doi: 10.1093/her/cyv062​