Michaeline’s research leverages novel methodological techniques and mobile communication technologies to better understand the role of relationships in the development of adolescent mental health and substance use. She examines the roles of parents, peers, neighborhoods, and cultural values in youth internalizing, externalizing, and substance use, with an emphasis on development and evaluation of family-focused prevention programming for Latino families. Increasingly, social connections are occurring not just face to face, but through mobile phones and online. Michaeline’s research recognizes this shift in communication patterns; she is utilizing mobile phones and the wealth of information contained therein in to elucidate the role of technology in relationship maintenance, mental health, and substance use among young people and to assess and uncover social-communication processes that researchers often struggle to accurately assess via traditional self-report.
Odgers, C. & Jensen, M. (2020). Adolescent Mental Health in the Digital Age: Facts, Fears and Future Directions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13190.
George, M., Jensen, M., Russell, M., Gassman-Pines, A., Copeland, W.E., Hoyle, R.H., & Odgers, C. (2020). Young Adolescents' Digital Technology Use, Perceived Impairments, and Wellbeing in a Representative Sample. Journal of Pediatrics. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.12.002
Jensen, M., & Hussong, A. (2019). Text message content as a window into college student drinking: Development and initial validation of a dictionary of “alcohol-talk”. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi: 10.1177/0165025419889175
Jensen, M., George, M., Russell, M., & Odgers, C. (2019). Young Adolescents' Digital Technology Use and Mental Health Symptoms: Little Evidence of Longitudinal or Daily Linkages. Clinical Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/2167702619859336
Christophe, N.K., Stein, G.L., Martin Romero, M.Y., Chan, M., Jensen, M., Gonzales, L.M., & Kiang, L. (2019). Coping and Culture: The Protective Effects of Shift-&-Persist and Ethnic-Racial Identity on Depressive Symptoms in Latinx Youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-019-01037-8
Hussong, A., M., Jones, D.J., & Jensen, M. (2018). Synthesizing a Special Issue on Parenting Adolescents in an Increasingly Diverse World. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28, 665-673. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12397
Jensen, M., Hussong, A., Baik, J. (2018). Text Messaging and Social Network Site Use to Facilitate Alcohol Involvement: Comparison of US and Korean College Students. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21 (5). doi: 10.1089/cyber.2017.0616
Gonzales, N.A., Jensen, M., Tein, J.Y., Wong, J.J, Dumka, L., & Mauricio, A. (2018). Effect of Middle School Intervention on Alcohol Misuse and Abuse in Mexican American High School Adolescent: Five Year Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 75(5), 429-437. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0058.
Jensen, M., Chassin, L., & Gonzales, N. A. (2017). Neighborhood Moderation of Sensation Seeking Effects on Adolescent Substance Use Initiation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(9), 1953-1967 doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0647-y
Gonzales, N. A., Liu, Y., Jensen, M., Tein, J. Y., White, R. M., & Deardorff, J. (2017). Externalizing and Internalizing Pathways to Mexican American Adolescents’ Risk Taking. Development and Psychopathology, 29(4), 1371-1390. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000323
White, R., Knight, G., Jensen, M., & Gonzales, N. A. (2017). Ethnic Socialization in Neighborhood Contexts: Implications of Ethnic Attitude and Identity Development among Mexican-Origin Adolescents. Child Development, 89(3), 1004-1021. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12772
Jensen, M., & Dishion, T.J. (2015). Mechanisms and Processes of Peer Contagion. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199828340-0165
Jensen, M., Wong, J., Gonzales, N. A., Dumka, L. E., Millsap, R., & Coxe, S. (2014). Long-term Effects of a Universal Family intervention: Mediation through Parent-Child Conflict. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43(3):415-27. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2014.891228
Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Skoyen, J.A., Jensen, M., & Mehl, M.R. (2012). We-Talk, Communal Coping, and Cessation Success in a Couple-Focused Intervention for Health Compromised Smokers. Family Process, 5(1), 107-121. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2012.01388.x