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Dr. Elhai studies the impact of computer technology on human behavior, also known as cyberpsychology. The internet and mobile devices have become more widely used in recent years. Examining the impact of technology on behavior and emotion is increasingly important - especially internet addiction as an adverse outcome. Specifically, his interests include:

  • Problematic smartphone use and relations with mental health.

  • Internet addiction.

  • Fear of missing out (FOMO).

  • Digital information privacy concern.


Some recently published papers from Dr. Elhai on cyberpsychology and internet addictions include the following.

* Papers marked with an asterisk included a student advisee co-author (underlined) at the time of submission.

  • Elhai, J. D., Levine, J. C., & Hall, B. J. (2019). The relationship between anxiety symptom severity and problematic smartphone use: A review of the literature and conceptual frameworks. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 62, 45-52.

  • *Elhai, J. D., Rozgonjuk, D., Yildirim, C., Alghraibeh, A. M., & Alafnan, A. A. (2019). Worry and anger are associated with latent classes of problematic smartphone use severity. Journal of Affective Disorders, 246, 209-216.

  • *Rozgonjuk, D., Elhai, J. D., Täht, K., Vassil, K., Levine, J. C., & Asmundson, G. J. (2019). Non-social smartphone use mediates the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and problematic smartphone use: Evidence from a repeated-measures study. Computers in Human Behavior, 96, 56-62.