Digital Media Issues for Children and Adolescents
Recorded On: 06/02/2020
Ellen Wartella, PhD
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Ellen Wartella researches the effects of media on children and adolescents, and the impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis. Wartella sits on a number of national boards advising on the influence of media on children's health. Currently she is a co-principal investigator on a five-year multi-site research project looking at the effect of digital media on very young children funded by the National Research Foundation. She was a co-principal investigator on the National TV Violence Study (1995-1998) and a co-principal investigator of the Children's Digital Media Center project funded by the National Science Foundation (2001-2006).
Dina L. G. Borzekowski, EdD
Research Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Dina L.G. Borzekowski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of children, media, and health. In July 2013, Dr. Borzekowski joined the faculty at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland - as a full Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. In July 2018, Dr. Borzekowski was named the Interim Director of the Global Health Initiative at the UMD School of Public Health. Prior to coming to College Park, Dr. Borzekowski was at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 2001 to 2013. Dr. Borzekowski’s domestic and international research involves studying how youth come to use media and how media has an impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Some of her most fun and meaningful work has been with children's media producers (Sesame Workshop, Ubongo Kids), developing and evaluating international health communication interventions for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Dan Romer, PhD
Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Dan Romer, PhD is the research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, where he conducts research on social determinants of young people’s decision making as it affects their health and well-being. For this meeting, he will discuss difficulties in implementing media policies that influence the spread of both misleading and helpful information for the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults.
Amita N. Vyas, PhD, MHS
Associate Professor, Director, Maternal & Child Health Program, Editor-in-Chief, Women's Health Issues, George Washington University, School of Public Health
Amita N. Vyas, PhD, MHS, is a tenured Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Vyas earned her Masters in Demography at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and then continued her studies at Johns Hopkins earning her doctorate in Population and Family Health Sciences, receiving awards for outstanding academic achievement. She is the Director of the Maternal & Child Health Masters in Public Health program, and her work focuses on health issues facing girls and women in the U.S. and around the world. She is the Director of the Maternal & Child Health Masters in Public Health program, and mentors dozens of students each year. Dr. Vyas served as President of the Network of South Asian Professionals; was a founding board member of the South Asian Public Health Association, where she co-edited the first ever “Brown Paper”; and she has served on the Board of Directors for D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Dr. Vyas is the recipient of several awards including the George Washington University Bender Teaching Award; the National Delta-Omega Honor Society Award for Innovative Curriculum; and was selected for the Impact Center’s National Women’s Leadership Fellowship. In 2007, Dr. Vyas founded the Global India Fund, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring global philanthropy and investing in programs for girls and women in India. Currently Dr. Vyas is a producer for the Girl Rising India Film.
Joseph Smyser, PHD, MSPH (Moderator)
CEO, The Public Good Projects (PGP)
Dr. Joe Smyser is the CEO of The Public Good Projects (PGP), a nonprofit organization that designs and implements large-scale behavior change programs for the public good. PGP selects its work based on three criteria: will it advance public health, will it create change at a large scale, and will it be rigorously evaluated. PGP has designed several opioid awareness campaigns to date, three research studies with Google, Facebook, and The National Academies, and manages a national disease surveillance system monitoring the opioid epidemic.