Alexis Lauricella

Alexis Lauricella’s research examines the impact of media technology on children and adolescents with a focus on the educational potential of media experiences. Her experimental research examines the production aspects that lead to children’s learning from media. She has conducted survey research that studies parents’ and teachers’ attitudes towards young children’s media use and she is currently studying the effects of food marketing on children under the age of twelve. Lauricella is also the founder of, a website dedicated to translating child-development research for parents.

Lab Affiliation

Center on Media and Human Development


PhD Developmental Psychology, Georgetown University
MPP Public Policy, Georgetown University
BA Marketing, Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Wartella, E. & Lauricella, A. R. (Forthcoming, 2014). Early learning and academic achievement. In Jordan, A. & Romer, D. (Eds), Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents. Oxford University Press

Wartella, E. Lauricella, A. R., & Hurwitz, L. (2014). Communicating Oncofertility to Children. In Timmerman, K., Woodruff, T. & Claymen, M. (Eds) Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines. Springer Clinical Medicine.

Blackwell, C., Lauricella, A., Wartella, E., Robb, M., & Schomburg, R. (2013). Adoption and use of technology in early education: The interplay of extrinsic barriers and teacher attitudes. Computers & Education, 69, 310-319.

Lauricella, A., Robb, M., & Wartella, E. (2013). Challenges and suggestions for determining quality in children’s media. In Lemish, D. (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook on Children, Adolescents and Media.

Lauricella, A. R., Gola, A. H., & Calvert, S. L. (2011). Toddler’s learning from socially meaningful video characters. Media Psychology, 14, 216-232. DOI:10.1080/15213269.2011.573465

Lauricella, A. R., Pempek, T., Barr, R., & Calvert, S.L. (2010). Contingent computer interactions for young children’s object retrieval success. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 362-369.


COMM_ST 201 - Research Methods
COMM_ST 390 - Children and Culture

Alexis Lauricella

Lecturer and Research Associate


Communication Studies


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