“Internet Addiction: Modern Scourge or Much Ado About Nothing”

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2015 Seminar Series on Behavioral Disorders.

June 12, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North, Parlor
This event will include a light breakfast.


There is a growing concern among parents, educators, healthcare professionals and others that the internet has become problematic for many individuals.  The debate surrounding a potential disease entity of “internet addiction” has received considerable attention in the last few years. This lecture and discussion will seek to define internet addiction, review the growing body of research literature, and highlight potential obstacles for the future.
Learning Goals:
1. Arrive at a definition of internet addiction that is culturally relevant
2. Review the current body of literature surrounding internet addiction
3. Discuss the validity of internet addiction
4. Highlight potential treatment strategies


Timothy K. Brennan, BS, MD, MPH, Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital
Timothy Brennan is an Attending Physician at the Addiction Institute of New York at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. He is also the Associate Director of the Fellowship in Addiction Medicine program. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Georgetown and his residency in Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell. He then completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Addiction Institute and a fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School.  He works part-time in the Pediatric Emergency Room at Weill Cornell where he is on faculty as a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics. Dr. Brennan has lectured at local, state, national and international conferences and was recently appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve a two-year appointment on the New York State Medical Review Board. He is one of two editors of the forthcoming Essentials of Addiction Medicine, to be published in 2015.  His interests include addiction medicine for adolescents and young adults, drug policy reform, and advocacy for stigmatized populations.  Dr. Brennan received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown and a combined MD/MPH from Tulane. He is licensed to practice medicine in New York and California and Board-Certified in Pediatrics.