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Wen (Vivien) Li is currently a doctoral candidate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work. Li’s research addresses substance abuse and behavioral addictions, with a focus on Internet addiction and pathological Internet use, video gaming addiction, and pathological pornography use among adolescents and young adults. Li’s research interests stem from her research experiences with college students in China and the United States. These experiences provided firsthand knowledge of the devastating effects of pathological Internet and video game use on mental health and social well-being. Her research goals are to explore the etiology and risk mechanisms of Internet and video gaming addiction, and to develop and test cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions that can ameliorate problem behaviors among adolescents and young adults.


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    PhD Student, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill