Northwestern Professor Ellen WartellaEllen Wartella, Ph.D.

Al-Thani Professor of Communication,
Professor of Psychology, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Director, Center on Media and Human Development
Curriculum Vitae

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Ellen Wartella researches the effects of media and technology on children and adolescents, and the impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis.  She is the Sheik Hamad bin Kalifa Al-thani Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.   She holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Psychology, Department of Human Development and Social Policy and Department of Medical Social Sciences.  The author  or editor of 12 books and approximately 200 book chapters, research articles, technical reports and research papers, Wartella is currently co-principal Investigator on a 5-year multi-site research project entitled:  “Collaborative Research: Using Educational DVDs to Enhance Young Children’s STEM Education (2014-2019) from the National Science Foundation. She is editor of Social Policy Reports, a journal of the Society for Research in Child Development.   She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Society and the International Communication Association.  She is  past President  of the International Communication Association.  She received the Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from the ICA, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association and the Krieghbaum Under 40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2017, she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Vincent College.


Graduate Students



Breniel Lemley
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Breniel Lemley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program. She conducts research in the Center on Media and Human Development with Dr. Ellen Wartella. Her research interests include children’s learning from educational media with a focus on early STEM learning. Prior to attending Northwestern, Lemley worked in the Education Division of SRI International as an Education Research Associate. There, she supported projects funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of San Francisco.






Mohammad Behroozian
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Mohammad Behroozian is a PhD student at Northwestern School of Communication’s Media, Technology and Society program. A member of the Children, Media and Human Development lab, Mohammad is passionate about studying educational media for wartime. He has studied political science at the American University of Afghanistan and earned his master’s degree in television producing at Boston University on a Fulbright scholarship. Mohammad has nearly a decade of experience in media and communications work.





Kalia Vogelman-Natan

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Kalia Vogelman-Natan is a PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program working in the Center on Media and Human Development with Ellen Wartella. Her research interests focus on mobile communication and the role of media in the lives of families, specifically the impacts mobile ubiquity has on children, adolescents, and parenting. Prior to attending Northwestern, Kalia worked for over 6 years in communications and marketing at a leading VC in the Israeli high-tech industry. She holds a BA in International Relations with a minor in English Literature & Linguistics, and an MA in Communication from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.






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