Israel Flores, Graduate Student

ISRAEL FLORES is a National Science Foundation graduate student fellow at Vanderbilt. Israel has two lines of research focusing on children and media. The first explores how interactive technologies affect the cognitive development of young children. The second examines how the act of translating can support learning in very young second language learners, as well as the support roles technology can take for those navigating a new language. 

Zachary Stuckelman, Graduate Student

ZACHARY STUCKELMAN is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. His line of research primarily focuses on how children and parents interact with an electronic book that models dialogic reading methods. Additionally, Zach is interested in studying how parenting style may influence the way that parents interact with their children surrounding symbolic media. 






Gabrielle Strouse University of South Dakota

Dr. GABRIELLE STROUSE, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Educational Psychology program. She is an active member of the Science of Learning Research Group and the Center for Brain and Behavior Research.  Her primary focus is on determining how and when young children struggle to learn from different types of media (e.g., books, videos, apps) and identifying methods for supporting children's learning from media. She is also interested in how children transfer information from the context in which it is learned for use in new contexts

Colleen Russo Ryerson University

Dr. COLLEEN RUSSO JOHNSON, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the new Children’s Media Lab at Ryerson University, and an Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries. She is passionate about bridging the gap between academia and the children’s media industry by conducting meaningful, applicable research and through thoughtful dissemination.

Kristen Brady, M.Ed.

KRISTEN BRADY is a Child Life Specialist at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN working. She received her B.S. in Child Development and M.Ed. in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Pediatric Health Care. At her time here at Vanderbilt, she focused on children's acquisition of social and emotional skills from popular television shows like "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood".

Georgene Troseth, Principal Investigator 

Georgene Troseth, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology and Human Development of Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She has published research articles about very young children’s symbolic development and their understanding of pictures and video images as sources of information. She consulted with Sesame Workshop on the Sesame Beginnings videos and served on the advisory board for the Integrative Research Activities for Developmental Science (IRADS) Digital Media Collaborative Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Troseth is a member of a grant review panel for the NSF and has served as a consulting editor of the journals Child Development and the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. Recent publications include an invited review paper in Developmental Review; articles for parents, practitioners, and policymakers in Zero to Three and the Journal of Children and Media; and empirical articles in Psychological Science, Developmental Psychology, and Child Development. Her research has been reviewed in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and featured on National Public Radio

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