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Wen (Vivien) Li Anthony

Assistant Professor

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Anthony is interested in exploring the etiology and risk mechanisms of internet addiction and video game addiction, and developing and evaluating interventions for these problems.

Bio: 

Vivien (Wen) Li Anthony is an assistant professor at School of Social Work and affiliated with Center for Gambling Studies. Dr. Anthony’s research centers on addictions, with a focus on gaming disorder, problem Internet use, Internet gambling, and other problematic behaviors related to technology use. Specifically, her research explores the etiology and risk mechanisms of problem Internet and video game use, develops and validates measures for these problems, and develops and evaluates interventions that can ameliorate these problems among adolescents and young adults. 

Her research interest stems from her practice and research experience with youth and young adults in China and the U.S. Her past and current studies have examined characteristics of problematic Internet use and video gaming behaviors among Chinese and U.S. young adults. She has also adapted and pilot tested mindfulness-based intervention and cognitive-behavioral-based intervention for these problems among youth and young adults. She currently studies an emerging area connecting video games and gambling – social casino game use.

Courses Taught: 

Methods of Social Work Research I & II

Selected Recent Publications: 

Selected Recent Publications:

Li, W., Garland, E. L., & Howard, M. O. (2018). Treatment mechanisms of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Internet gaming disorder: Reducing craving and addictive behavior by targeting cognitive processes. Journal of Addictive Diseases. Published online first. doi:10.1080/10550887.2018.1442617

Li, W., O’Brien, J. E., Bowen, N. K. (2018). Body disapproval as a mediator of the relationship between risk factors and eating disordered behavior among adjudicated male youth. International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions, 16(3), 692-706. doi:10.1007/s11469-017-9826-z

Li, W., Garland, E. L., McGovern, P., O'Brien, J. E., Tronnier, C., & Howard, M. O. (2017). Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Internet gaming disorder in US adults: A stage I randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(4), 393-402. doi:10.1037/adb0000269

Li, W., Garland, E. L., O'Brien, J. E., Tronnier, C., McGovern, P., Anthony, B., & Howard, M. O. (2017). Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for video game addiction in emerging adults: Preliminary findings from case reports. International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions. Publish online first. doi:10.1007/s11469-017-9765-8

Li, W., Howard, M. O., Garland, E. L., McGovern, P., & Lazar, M. (2017). Mindfulness treatment for substance misuse: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 75, 62-96. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2017.01.008

Li, W., & Anthony, B. (2017). Internet and Video Game Addiction. In Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Ed. Edward J. Mullen. New York: Oxford University Press.

Li, W., O’Brien, J. E., Snyder, S. E., & Howard, M. O. (2016). Diagnostic criteria for Internet addiction/problematic Internet use among U.S. university students: A mixed-methods evaluation. PLOS ONE, 11(1), e0145981. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145981

Li, W., O’Brien, J. E., Snyder, S. M., & Howard, M. O. (2015). Characteristics of Internet addiction/pathological Internet use in U.S. university students: A qualitative-method investigation. PLOS ONE, 10(2), e0117372. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117372

Li, W., Garland, E. L., & Howard, M. O. (2014). Family factors in Internet addiction among Chinese youth: A review of English- and Chinese- language studies. Computers in Human Science, 31, 393-411. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.11.004

 

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