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In this episode Megan Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd, FAAP, and Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, co-Medical Directors of the SAMHSA-funded AAP Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health, explain why the AAP aims to shift the way people think about and use social media. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also speak with Stephanie Gilley, MD, PhD, FAAP, about how prebirth maternal BMI and rapid infant weight gain affect a child’s health later in life.



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Megan Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd, FAAP


Dr Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Moreno is Principal Investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT); her research focuses on the intersection of technology and adolescent health. Dr. Moreno has authored more than 180 research articles, she was a lead author on the AAP policy statement “Media Use Among School-aged Children and Adolescents,” and she is the Co-Medical Director for the AAP’s Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health.

Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP


Dr. Radesky is the David G. Dickinson Collegiate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Director of the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and focuses clinically on autism, neurodiversity, and advocacy. Her NIH-funded research examines the use of mobile and interactive technology by parents and young children, parent-child relationships, and child social-emotional development. She authored the AAP policy statements Media and Young Minds and Digital Advertising to Children and is a co-Medical Director of the SAMHSA-funded AAP Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health.

Stephanie Gilley, MD, PhD, FAAP


Dr. Stephanie Gilley is a board-certified pediatrician, certified physician nutrition specialist, Ph.D. scientist, and assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the section of Pediatric Nutrition. Her research interests are focused on improving pediatric nutritional care to promote health across the entire lifespan. In particular, she applies her clinical practice and expert insights to explore whether we should be feeding young children differently based on their in utero and birth history.


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The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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