Understanding the impact of technology addiction on the corporate culture where employees may be struggling with the balance of loyalty to the demands of their job and the pull of social media demands. The discussion will review the science, relate staggering realities of the impact technology addiction creates and offer insight into how corporate policies can help facilitate balanced future leaders.
Dr. Lisa Strohman is the founder and director of the Technology Wellness Center, one of the first organizations to address the global issue of technology addiction and overuse. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Strohman has spent more than a decade working with individual, family and adolescent clients struggling with issues including depression, anxiety and addiction.
Recognizing the growing challenges parents now face with their children, and the increasingly serious issues her young patients are dealing with due to our growing dependency on technology, inspired Dr. Strohman to launched the Technology Wellness Center, which she co-founded with Dr. Melissa Westendorf JD, PhD in 2014.
In early 2015, Dr. Strohman established Digital Citizen Academy, which provides education, prevention and diversion program to schools, school districts and organizations. The programs are trackable and measurable for students, educators and parents, and specifically address core issues related to technology overuse and addiction.
After growing up in California, Dr. Strohman attended the University of California, Davis where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then completed a joint, integrated program in law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities.
During her undergraduate career, Dr. Strohman gained experience as a lead program coordinator with Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT), as a family reunification therapist and a hospice counselor. While attending graduate school, she performed research in substance abuse, risk communication and child abduction. Her avid interest in public policy earned her the honor of becoming a legislative intern for Congress. She was also selected as an honors intern with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and invited to become a visiting scholar with the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime division as she completed her dissertation.
After earning her Juris Doctorate, Strohman worked at a large law firm, while completing her residency at the Arizona State Hospital in both a clinical and forensic rotation in clinical psychology. She eventually settled back into her counseling practice as the clinical psychologist with Lifescape Medical Associates, where she utilizes her training in cognitive behavior therapy to help patients.
In addition to establishing Digital Citizen Academy and Technology Wellness Center, Dr. Strohman co-authored a book, Unplug: Raising Kids in a Technology Addicted World, published in July 2015.
Dr. Strohman is a frequent guest speaker to school districts, educational associations and parent organizations to help raise awareness and offer preventative tools and resources. She is also frequently featured in the media as an expert source for issues related to technology use and behavior, including a weekly feature on Dr. Drew’s radio show.
Dr. Strohman is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. William Strohman and is a devoted mom to their two children.