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Ellen Wartella

School of Communication

Professor of Psychology
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication
Director, Center on Media and Human Development


Areas of Focus

  • Child development and mass media
  • Child psychology
  • Food advertising and marketing directed at children and adolescents
  • Children and television


  • The effects of media on children and adolescents
  • The impact of technology on children’s health and development
  • The impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis and whether companies in the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative are marketing their healthier food products to children across all marketing channels
  • Young preschool and early elementary school children’s interest in STEM education and concepts
  • A new haptic interface for iPads and smartphones to engage elementary school children in learning about science and enhancing STEM education