The Center for Digital Thriving is a research and innovation center at Harvard Graduate School of Education. We are proudly based at Project Zero, which has a long history as a home to research that leans into areas where there is little or perceivably zero communicable knowledge or consensus.

We envision a world where people can thrive as we live with ever-changing technologies. >
Digital technology is reshaping our lives and affecting young people in particular. >

It can enhance their well-being, learning, and social connections. It can also amplify the challenges that already exist for them during adolescence. And since young people are often the first to embrace new tech, they can encounter its advantages and drawbacks more quickly and vividly. 

At the Center for Digital Thriving, we are making and holding space for conversations about tech that are both critical and optimistic. We are co-developing research and resources with youth, educators, psychologists and experts from various domains that support digital agency and lead us toward digital thriving.

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Emily is a psychologist, researcher, author, lecturer, and mom of two young  children. More >

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Carrie is a sociologist, researcher, the current Co-Director of Project Zero, and a parent of two tech-loving teens. More >

Research and Design

Beck is a wife, daughter, friend, dog mom, kind stranger, designer, and researcher. More >

Communications + Partnerships

Amber is an Atlanta native, designer, educator, strategist and passionate advocate for liberation of all kinds. More >

Research Specialist

Eduardo is a cat dad who is passionate about well-being, mental health, and diversity and inclusion in research. More >

Clinical Psychology Lead

Sophia is a licensed clinical psychologist, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and the director of the Teen and Young Adult Lab. More >


Destinee is a Harvard College student Class of 2026 with a passion for social media research and teen well-being. More >




Critical optimism

We believe that improving digital well-being requires a multifaceted perspective that 1) attends to both the benefits and harms of life with technology, and 2) upholds a solutions-minded, future-oriented and genuinely hopeful stance.

Brave action

We commit to taking courageous steps and making bold decisions in the face of uncertainty, resistance, and difficulty.

Learning through listening

We believe in the power of youth-centered research to inform, enlighten and clarify. We believe that listening to youth is fundamental and we are committed to learning with and from them. 

Thriving for all

We believe that every person deserves to thrive in our digital world  regardless of their origin, identity, income, status, or ability.  It is our duty to learn and incorporate anti-oppressive and anti-racist approaches in our research and resource development.

Actually helpful

We commit to creating useful, timely resources that benefit real people.

When stars from different constellations in the research universe come together, magic happens. Many thanks to our current collaborators for joining us on the journey toward digital thriving.

Our work is catalyzed by generous founding grants from Susan Crown Exchange and Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda Gates Foundation. Thank you for believing in our vision.