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2019 - 2022     

College Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

2015 - 2019     

D.Phil in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Stipendiary College Lecturer, The Queen's College, University of Oxford

2012 - 2015     

M.A. (Hons) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (First Class)

Amy Orben

M.A. (Cantab)

DPhil Candidate and College Lecturer

The psychology of social media and well-being

Note: Open Access versions of my papers can be found on and click here for my CV

I investigate the effect of social media on human interaction, well-being and relationship formation. I do both basic research about online friendship formation, and more complex work examining adolescent well-being, online social environments and polarisation. 

In a yet sparsely researched area, I use data-driven methodologies to investigate the psychology of social media, questioning popular assumptions and statistical techniques. Alongside my research, I regularly appear on both national and international media channels commenting on how social media and technology are affecting our social lives. I write for the public and advise non-profits, charities, media production companies, start-ups and science outreach organisations. I was previously a Leading for Impact Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford Saïd Business School.

Before coming to Oxford, I completed my undergraduate degree at Cambridge reading Natural Sciences where I received the Magdalene College Scholarship, Bundy Scholarship and Browning Summer Research Grant. At Cambridge, I started my university degree studying mathematics, biology and physics but specialised in psychology by the end of my undergraduate degree.

In October 2019 I will be rejoining the University of Cambridge as College Research Fellow at Emmanuel College. 

Please click here to see my current CV.

Key publications

Recent publications

More publications
Presenting for the UK Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee
Presenting for the UK Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee

Public Outreach and Impact (selection)

Radio and Television

Interview on Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, UK, July 2018

Interviewee on Radio 4 Analysis, BBC Radio 4, UK, March 2018

Interviewee on Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, UK, November 2017

Panellist on The Real Story: Are Smartphones Harming Teenagers, BBC World Service, UK, September 2017

I have also contributed to BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire, BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio Oxford, Heart Radio and TRT TV London.



Three problems with the debate around screen time, The Guardian, 9th August 2018

The trouble knowing how much screen time is 'too much', BBC News, 23rd February 2018

Chasing social media shares harms public trust in science - so stop it, The Guardian, 28th June 2017

Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories, The Conversation, 18th June 2017

Two Peas in an (Evolutionary) Pod? Facebook and Face-to-Face, Medium, 20th April 2017

I have also contributed to The Guardian, BBC News, WIRED, Cosmopolitan and the Evening Standard among others.