Digital media and wellbeing among children and adolescents in Ticino


Anne-Linda Camerini

Anne-Linda Camerini is researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Public Health (IPH), USI Lugano. She holds a Master degree in media studies and a PhD in health communication. Her research includes studies on the role of digital media in the development and well-being of children and adolescents, using innovative methods for data collection and analysis.


Laura Marciano

Laura Marciano holds an SNSF Postdoc Fellowship position at Harvard Chan T.H. School of Public Health, Boston (USA), where she studies the link between digital media use and happiness in young people. She has a Master's degree in Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience, obtained at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan with Menzione ad Honorem. In October 2021, she defended her PhD thesis in Health Communication at USI Lugano, in which she investigated the link between digital media use and personality. She is the main investigator of the HappyB project.



  • Peter J. Schulz
    Peter J. Schulz is professor in communication theories and health communication at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, USI Lugano. His research interests include, among others, health literacy and empowerment, cultural factors in health, and the impact of parents and peers on deviant behaviors in children and adolescents.
  • Francesco Vanetta
    Until December 2016, Francesco Vanetta was head of the Cantonal school administration of middle schools (DECS). He studied pedagogy in Geneva and for a decade has led the Cantonal office of education and research at DECS (research in education and school-related statistics). He continues to collaborate in the project as consultant and maintains the contact with DECS and all middle schools involved in the study.
  • Leonia Menegalli
    Leonia Menegalli is general director of the comunal administration of public elementary schools in Bellinzona. Since 2014, she has been the principal contact with all elementary schools involved in the project. In addition, she collaborates as consultant thanks to her long experience in the school environment and her training in Switzerland and abroad, especially in Canada (Québec), where she is still in contact with university teachers and researchers in pedagogy.


Past collaborators (in alphabetical order)

  • Anna Maria Annoni
  • Chiara Antonietti
  • Benedetta Bernasconi
  • Kleona Bezani
  • Margot Carcuro
  • Chiara Filipponi
  • Giovanni Franscella
  • Elisa Galmarini
  • Anica Ilic
  • Ilaria Mammolo
  • Federica Mongillo
  • Susanna Morlino
  • Giovanna Pedroni
  • Serena Quinto