Janis Whitlock is a Research Scientist, Lecturer, and Consultant on topics related to adolescent social, emotional, and mental health and development at Cornell University. Her work in this area emerged from over a decade of direct work with adolescents and their families in the areas of sexual, social, and emotional health. She is best known for her research and many academic and non-academic publications in the area of non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults and school and community contributions to adolescent development and well-being. Her work in these fields has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and more. Janis is also a scholar of adolescent "connectedness" to school and community and is now pursuing inquiry into the ways through which adolescents and young adults actively use difficult life events and passages to later thrive. In addition to her academic work, she serves as a consultant for schools, youth-serving agencies, local and state governments, and communities on areas related to adolescent mental health and well-being.