Jacqueline Nesi, PhD

Jacqueline Nesi, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Jacqueline (Jackie) Nesi, PhD is a clinical psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Nesi’s research examines the role of social media in adolescents’ peer relationships and mental health, with a focus on depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior. She is currently funded by a K23 award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She also writes the popular weekly newsletter Techno Sapiens, about technology and the people who use it.

Dr. Nesi earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Harvard University and her graduate degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Brown, she completed her predoctoral internship and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-funded postdoctoral fellowship before joining the faculty in 2020.

Dr. Nesi is passionate about understanding how and for whom social media use influences adolescents’ mental health, so as to identify and intervene with youth most at risk.



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  • Graduate Degree:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Undergraduate Degree:  Harvard University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
  • Internship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University