About the Researchers
The research was conducted by the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University. The center, led by internationally recognized expert Ellen Wartella, studies the role of media and technology in children’s development, with studies ranging from Teens and Health and Technology: How Teens Use Online Tools to Access Health Information to Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity. The center receives funding from the National Science Foundation as well as private funders and industry partners. Studies are independently designed and executed.
Ellen Wartella is the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication, professor of Psychology and professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, where she serves as chair of the Department of Communication Studies and director of the Center on Media and Human Development. A leading scholar of the effects of media on children and adolescents, and the impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis, Wartella serves on a variety of national and international boards and committees on children’s issues and has published widely in communication and psychology journals on children’s media issues.
Alexis Lauricella is a lecturer and research associate at Northwestern University. Lauricella research examines the impact of media technology on children and adolescents with a focus on the educational potential of media experiences. She has conducted survey research that studies parents’ and teachers’ attitudes towards young children’s media use. Lauricella is also serves as associate director of the Center on Media and Human Development.
Drew P. Cingel
Drew P. Cingel (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Davis. His broad area of research examines the intersection between human development, media use and media effects. He is primarily interested in the effects of television and social media on adolescent well-being, as well as the impact of prosocial media on young children's moral judgments and reasoning.