Amy Orben

Amy Orben

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

University of Cambridge

Multi-award-winning psychologist studying how digitalisation & social media use impact adolescent mental health.

Leading the Digital Mental Health Group at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. Fellow of St. John’s College.


Dr Orben investigates how digital technologies affect adolescent psychological well-being and mental health. She is particularly interested in the potential cognitive, biological and social mechanisms that underlie this link in both non-clinical and clinical populations, and the influence of individual differences. Her results have shed new light on pressing questions debated in policy, parenting and mental health, having informed advice given by national and international experts such as the UK Chief Medical Officers and the US Surgeon General. Click here to learn more about her team.

Impact & Recognition

Dr Orben has won a range of prestigious prizes including the Inaugural MRC Early Career Impact Award, the British Neuroscience Association Researcher Credibility Prize, the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science Mission Award and the UK Reproducibility Network Dorothy Bishop Early Career Researcher Prize. At both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge she has received nominations for student-led teaching awards. Dr Orben is also a member of a range of influential committees, including the UK Department for Digital, Science, Innovation and Technology College of Experts, the British Academy Public Policy Committee, the University of Cambridge Open Research Steering Committee and the ESRC Digital Footrpints Programme Board. Click here to view full CV.