Ellen Wartella

Ellen Wartella researches the effects of media on children and adolescents, and the impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis.


Post-DocDevelopmental Psychology, University of Kansas
PhD & MAMass Communication, University of Minnesota
BACommunication, University of Pittsburgh


E. Wartella, A. Lichtenstein and C. Boone , Eds. (2010) Front of Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Phase I Report. Institute of Medicine. Washington DC: National Academies Press.

Wartella, E., Richert, R. and Robb,M. (2010) Babies, Television and Videos: How Did We Get Here? Developmental Review, 30(2) pp. 116-127.

J.G. Fender, R. Richert, M. Robb and E. Wartella (2010) Parent Teaching Focus and Toddlers: Learning from and Infant DVD. Infant and Child Development, 19, pp. 613- 627.

Richert, R., Robb,M., Fender, J.and Wartella, E (2010) World learning from baby videos. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 164(5). Doi: 10.1001/ archpediatrics.2010.24.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow, International Communication Association and Distinguished Scholar, National Communication Association. Inaugual Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center (2009-2010)

Recent Grants and Funding

National Science Foundation funding for Children's Digital Media Center (2001-2011)


Media and Children
Introduction to Media

Ellen Wartella

Department Chair; Professor; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Human Development and Social Policy


Communication Studies


Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Room 2-148
Evanston, IL 60208



Graduate Programs:

Media, Technology, and Society