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Dr. Don Grant

FAMILIES: UNPLUGGED; Practicing Healthier Device Management & Good Digital Citizenship


The pandemic has generated an increased reliance on devices for children and adolescents, so much so that screen time is often a source of conflict within families. In addition to being exposed to an evidence-based overview of our relationships with devices, attendees will be taught how to identify potential risk factors of online engagement and then be provided with useful, pragmatic clinically relevant strategies to address excessive screen time to promote healthier device management.

A Bit About Me

Dr. Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, Ph.D, is Director of Outpatient Services, for Newport Healthcare in Santa Monica. Dr. Grant is an international award-winning media psychologist, published researcher, clinician, and educator with specific expertise in technology’s impact on mental health.

With higher rates of depression and anxiety with young people in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Don’s professional emphasis in technology and mental health is especially relevant as teens spend increasing amounts of time in front of screens with schooling, socializing, gaming, and more. This issue is one that all mental health professionals need to address.


Dr. Grant is Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Device Management & Intelligence and Strategic Planning Committees, President of APA's Division 46 (The Society for Media Psychology & Technology), and has been commissioned by APA to write a book on healthy device management and the practice of good digital citizenship. Dr. Grant also designs, presents, and facilitates treatment strategy and educational training workshops on these topics for clinicians, educators, parents, and school communities. His current research includes investigations of the potential effects of social media, cyberbullying, and the imminent rise of augmented and virtual reality-based opportunities on adolescents, teens, young adults, and families.

Dr. Grant received his BA with honors from the University of Michigan, his MFA from the University of Southern California, and both an MA and Ph.D (summa cum laude) in psychology (with an emphasis in media psychology) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. He has been interviewed by numerous local, national, and international media including television, radio, print, webinars, and podcasts.

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