Growing up digital is topic of talk at Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford

Dr. David Greenfield

WEST HARTFORD — Jewish Family Services announces that Dr. David Greenfield will be participating in a panel discussion following the screening of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age to be shown at the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Dennis House, Channel 3 Eyewitness News Anchor and Face the State moderator. Dr. Greenfield is the founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he teaches Sexual Medicine and Behavioral Addiction courses and supervises in the psychiatry residency program. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices on process and behavioral addictions and is author of Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell regarding the country’s growing Internet Addiction problem as well as numerous medical journal articles and book chapters; he also serves as an editor for numerous psychiatric and addiction journals.

Dr. Greenfield lectures to public and medical groups throughout the world, and has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR and HBO. His work has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. He is widely credited with popularizing the variable ratio reinforcement schedule of process addiction and the dopamine-behavioral addiction connection.

Greenfield’s recent research and clinical work is focused on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of compulsive Internet and technology use, behavioral addiction medicine, and compulsive Smartphone use. Dr. Greenfield is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, Fellow and Past-president of the Connecticut Psychological Association, The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Greenfield and recently completed his post-doctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He resides and maintains an addiction and behavioral medicine practice in Connecticut.

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work. The documentary reveals stories that depict struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. This movie screening is for parents and teens. Parents are encouraged to attend this screening and discussion along with their children. A mental health professional from Jewish Family Services will discuss the movie and offer advice to parents. We will also hear teenagers testimonials on how they deal with social media.

The event takes place Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

The event is presented by Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet in partnership with JCC’s Family Room.

Free admission with advance reservation. To reserve your tickets call 860-236-1927 ext. 7129 or go to www.jfshartford.org/screenagers.