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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: 

Wen (Vivien) Li Anthony is an Assistant Professor at School of Social Work. Dr. Anthony’s research centers on substance abuse and behavioral addictions, with a focus on video game addiction, and other pathological behaviors related to internet use. Specifically, her research explores the etiology and risk mechanisms of internet and video game addiction, and develops and tests interventions that can ameliorate problem behaviors among adolescents and young adults. 

Her research interest stems from her practice and research experience with youth and young adults in China and the United States. Her past and current studies have examined characteristics of problematic internet use and video gaming behaviors among U.S. young adults. She has also adapted and pilot tested a mindfulness-based intervention for video game addiction among young adults. In addition, her work investigates the role of substance abuse and addictions in interpersonal violence. 

Courses Taught: 

Methods of Social Work Research I & II

Selected Recent Publications: 

Selected Recent Publications:

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. (In press). Internet and Video Game Addiction. In Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Ed. Edward J. Mullen. New York: Oxford University Press.

O’Brien, J. E., Ermentrout, D., Li, W., Dababnah, S., Rizo, C. F., & Macy, R. J. (2016). Measuring substance use among system-involved IPV survivors: A research note. Journal of Violence Against Women. Publish online first. doi:10.1177/1077801216675744

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

O’Brien, J. E., Li, W., & Burton, D. L. (2015). Eating disordered behaviors and body disapproval in adolescent males adjudicated for sexual versus non-sexual crimes. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24(8), 922-942. doi:10.1080/10538712.2015.1092004

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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