The nation’s 25 million teens ages 13 through 18 comprise one out of every 12 U.S. residents and there is increasing recognition of adolescence as a unique and critical developmental period with the current and future implications of adolescent psychological health having impact across the lifespan. Despite being in the prime of their lives, today’s adolescents are not all flourishing psychologically, socially, or emotionally

This project focuses on policies that promote the social, psychological, and emotional wellbeing of adolescents and uses a stepwise approach to develop an agenda that aligns policy recommendations with the current state of the science. After conducting a rapid evidence review, a scan and assessment of recent policy recommendations, and key informant interviews, the project will provide an updated list of policy recommendations for use by Well Being Trust as well as the broader adolescent health policy and research communities to enhance teen flourishing.


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Denise Dougherty, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar in Residence - AcademyHealth

Denise is an AcademyHealth Senior Scholar in Residence and Board Member of Adolescents and Children and Togeth... Read Bio

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Paul Armstrong

Research Assistant - AcademyHealth

Paul Armstrong is a Research Assistant at AcademyHealth where he supports a number of initiatives to move know... Read Bio


Elizabeth Cope, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Senior Director, Public and Population Health - AcademyHealth

Elizabeth Cope is Senior Director of Public and Population Health at AcademyHealth, bringing experience in the... Read Bio

Richard L. Wittenberg

Richard L. Wittenberg

President and CEO - Adolescents and Children Together for Health (ACT for HEALTH)

Richard L. Wittenberg is the President and CEO of Adolescents and Children Together for Health (ACT for HEALTH... Read Bio

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Board Member, Committee Member, Staff

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP

President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recog... Read Bio