Actively Recruiting Participants for a New Research Study

Parents of 4.5- to 5-year olds… An exciting research study, Parent-child Co-use of Interactive Touchscreen Devices (STU00205008), is currently looking for parents and their children to participate in a research study. To be eligible for the study, you must have a child between the ages of 4.5- to 5-years and NOT have played the app Scratch Jr. The study involves you and your child playing a game together on a touchscreen device. Then we will ask your child to play the game alone and answer some questions about the game. The entire visit should last between 30-45 minutes and will take place in our lab space on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. Your family will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for participating.  If you are interested in signing up, please email us at or call us at 847.467.2084.

Jabari Evans’ work in  Crain’s Chicago Business 

Jabari “Naledge” Evans’s organization Brainiac Project works with nonprofit Foundations of Music in exploring ways to use hip-hop composition to teach kids, particularly those with trouble learning. Click here for the full article.

Congratulations to our Undergraduate RAs!

CMHD’s undergraduate research assistants, Meredith Ford, Dashia Kwok, Yannik Kumar, and Jillian Gilburne, were recognized and won awards at the School of Communication 2017 Honors Convocation. We are very proud of all of you! For more details, click here.

Commencement Address by Dr. Ellen Wartella

Our Director, Dr. Ellen Wartella, was honored to give the 171st Annual Spring Commencement Address at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She commemorated Fred Rogers as a strong advocate for children, and reminds us all that we must be champions for the children of the world. Read Dr. Warterlla’s full speech here. Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Hurwitz!

Lisa successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in February. Her research on the Ready to Learn initiative has won awards from both the Society for Research in Child Development and the International Communication Association. Congratulations Lisa, you make us so proud!