Hello and Welcome!
Dr. Heather Chelton
DSW, LCSW, CCS
My mission is to help parents navigate challenges that arise as teens prefer to live in the digital world. Screen addiction among adolescents has become a major public health issue that has been difficult for parents. Parents endure many challenges in effectively parenting teens during this impressionable time when mental health issues may emerge. Behavioral addictions can begin if parents do not adequately support and monitor their children. In my clinical work experience, I have equipped many parents with adequate education, tools, and resources to help them identify and manage warning signs of technology use disorder utilizing the Four M Model.
I am a clinical social worker, researcher, mentor, and leader. Since 2007, I have worked in the mental and behavioral health field in various settings including residential, outpatient, and school-based. In the school-based setting, I was a leader in crisis management, program development, and risk assessment. I provided clinical insight, direction, professional development, and strategies to adolescents, school personnel, milieu staff, and families. Currently, in my role in community mental health, I work on the Family Medicine and Pediatrics teams, assisting providers and families in navigating developmental and behavioral mental health challenges and addictions. In all of these settings, I have advocated to support the mental health of adolescents and families of at-risk youth through individual, group, and family sessions.
Since starting the Rutgers, DSW Program, my research has focused on mitigating internet gaming disorder symptoms utilizing CBT for middle school-aged students and understanding mothers’ experiences parenting adolescents with pre-existing mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This website intends to streamline these important topics in the 21st century and help parents distinguish between healthy and dysfunctional adolescent screen use.