Ellen Wartella

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

Lab Affiliation

Center on Media and Human Development


Post-Doc Developmental Psychology, University of Kansas
PhD & MA Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
BA Communication, 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