June 2, 2009
Natcher Conference Center, Balcony A
National Institutes of Health
Biosketch for Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D.
Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. Dr. Calvert is the co-founder and Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, a multi-site interdisciplinary research center funded by the National Science Foundation. Her current research focuses on the effects of media on very early development and on the effects of interactive media and food marketing on children’s diets and health. Dr. Calvert authored more than 60 journal articles and book chapters as well as several books in the field of children and media. Her books include Children’s Journeys Through the Information Age (McGraw-Hill, 1999), Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (co-edited with Amy B. Jordan & Rodney R. Cocking, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002) and the Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (co-edited with B.J. Wilson, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2008). She has served on two committees for the National Academies, leading to two committee co-authored books: Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity (2006) and Youth, Pornography, and the Internet (2002). Professor Calvert is a fellow of Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. She serves on Advisory Boards for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, PBS Kids Next Generation, and Children Now, and she has consulted for numerous companies to improve the quality of children’s television and computer programs.
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