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Elizabeth  Burgess Dowdell, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD Elizabeth  Burgess Dowdell, PhD

Professor | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Villanova University


Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an expert in the use of social media by adolescents and the health risks posed by online behaviors.





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Areas of Expertise (5)

Cyberbullying Health Risk Behaviors in Children and Adolescents Violence and Victimology Sleep Texting Internet Safety


The use of social media across the globe is expanding exponentially as the number of social media outlets, applications, and access continue to increase. Along with this growth in connectivity come concerns about child Internet victimization as well as new phenomena associated with technology. Dr. Dowdell is an expert in the use of social media by teens and the health risks posed by their online behaviors. She can address how risky online behaviors endanger vulnerable children, how technology affects a child’s and family’s everyday life and the emergence of new technology-related behaviors like sleep texting.

Education (3)

University of Pennsylvania: PhD

Boston College: MS

Vanderbilt University: BSN

Select Accomplishments (1)

American Academy of Nursing Fellow (professional)

Inducted as a fellow in to the American Academy of Nursing.

Affiliations (1)

  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Deinquency Prevention

Select Media Appearances (5)

Trauma-Responsive Schools Must Be the New Gold Standard in Education

Healthcetera  online


American schools are no longer places where children, teachers and staff feel safe. According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, 57 percent of teenagers now fear a school shooting. The troubled youths who commit mass shootings typically have many “red flags” that fit a dangerous profile. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, parents and school districts sought immediate deployment of security specialists and emergency response procedures. However, the most effective interventions to address school violence may be to better understand what children experience at home through trauma-informed care.

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Put Down Your Phone: Study Shows Families Want More Interaction Free of Phones

NBC10 Philadelphia  online


Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of Pediatric Nursing at Villanova University and expert on children and smart devices, provided tips for parents on how to encourage more time together away from their phones and computers.

"Don't be afraid," Dr. Dowdell said. "That Internet is very intimidating. But at the end of the day, that child is the priority."

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Don't recall sending that message? Maybe you're 'sleep texting'

CNN  online


Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of pediatric nursing at Villanova University's College of Nursing, heard the same thing as she was researching Internet risk behaviors and the victimization of children and adolescents.

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Sleep Texting Is On The Rise, Experts Suggest

Huffington Post  online


Earlier this week, a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of nursing at Villanova University, who believes that more and more teens may be texting in their sleep

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Facebook regret? California law lets kids erase embarrassing posts.

Christian Science Monitor  online


While photos of teens that have been removed from sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine could appear again elsewhere, the very intention of removing it may be important, adds Elizabeth Dowdell, professor in the College of Nursing at Villanova University.

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Research Grants (4)

Self-Exploitation and Electronic Aggression: High Risk Internet Behaviors in Adolescents

U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP 

Principal Investigator

A Multi-prong Approach to Child Internet Safety

U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP 

Principal Investigator

Promoting Internet Child Safety: High School Students and Focus Groups

Villanova College of Nursing 

Principal Investigator

Internet Related Techniques used by Offenders in Crimes Against Children

U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP 

Principal Investigator

Select Academic Articles (5)

American Academy of Nursing on policy: Recommendations in response to mass shootings Nursing Outlook

Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN*, Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Marie Ann Marino, EdD, RN, FAAN, Jocelyn C. Anderson, PhD, RN, Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN


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Adolescent Suicide Cases: Toxicology Reports and Prescription Drugs The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Carrie M. Carretta, PhD, APN, AHN-BC, Ann W. Burgess, DSNc, RNCS, Elizabeth B. Dowdell, PhD, RN, and Barbara A. Caldwell, PhD, APN-BC


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Online Social Networking Patterns Among Adolescents, Young Adults, and Sexual Offenders The American Journal of Nursing

Dowdell EB, Burgess AW, Flores JR.


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Use of the Internet by parents of middle school students: Internet rules, risky behaviors, and online concerns Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell


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Middle school students and risky Internet behaviors: Communication with online strangers and offline contact CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.

Dowdell, E.B.


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