Jennifer M. Whitehill

Assistant Professor
326 Arnold House


B.S., Tufts University, 2004; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2011; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, 2011-2013

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention; Substance Use Prevention; Social Media; Mobile Technology and Health (mHealth)

Research Description: 

My research centers on preventing both intentional and unintentional injuries among youth and young adults though development, implementation, and evaluation of novel behavioral approaches grounded in social norms. My current work focuses on understanding the role of new media technologies such as mobile devices and social networking sites as both a risk factor for injury and as a possible avenue for prevention. Specific areas of focus include substance use (alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs), depression, and youth violence. I use mixed methods, incorporating qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Key Publications: 

Whitehill JM, Rivara FP, Moreno MA. Substance-using drivers and their passengers: Prevalence and risk factors among underage college students. JAMA Pediatrics. In Press.

Whitehill JM, Webster DW, Frattaroli S, Parker EM. Interrupting violence: How the CeaseFire program prevents imminent gun violence though conflict mediation in Chicago and Baltimore. Journal of Urban Health. 2014 Feb; 91(1):84-95

O’Connor SS, Whitehill JM, King KM, Kernick M, Boyle L, Bresnahan B, Mack CD, Ebel BE. Problematic cell phone use and history of motor vehicle crash. J Adolescent Health. 2013 Oct;53(4)512-519.

Whitehill JM, Webster DW, Vernick JS. Street conflict mediation to prevent youth violence: Conflict characteristics and outcomes. Injury Prevention. 2013 Jun; 19(3):204-209.

Whitehill JM, Brockman LN, Moreno M. “Just talk to me:” Communicating with college students about depression disclosures on Facebook. J Adolescent Health. 2013 Jan;52:122-127.