Ph.D. / CDMC Director
Patricia Greenfield received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA. She directs the Children’s Media Center, Los Angeles, and is the founding director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development. Her central theoretical and research interest is in the relationship between culture and human development. A major aspect of modern culture is the world of digital media and at Children’s Digital Media Center she leads a team that has studied the developmental implications of new media from chat to video games to social networking sites.
Her 1984 book, Mind and Media: The Effects of Television, Video Games and Computers was published in ten languages. Her 1996 book, Interacting With Video (Advances in Applied Developmental Psychology), co-edited with Rodney Cocking, was the first to explore the cognitive effects of video games. She is a past recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Behavioral Science Research and the 2010 recipient of the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. She has received teaching awards from UCLA and the American Psychological Association.
Ph.D. / CDMC Associate Director
Kaveri Subrahmanyam is a Professor of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles, Director of the Media and Language Lab at Cal State LA and the Associate Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, UCLA/CSUCLA. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA in 1993.
She studies youth and digital media and uses developmental theory to understand their interactions with these new media forms. She has examined a variety lof digital media including computer/video games and Internet communication forms such as chat rooms, blogs, as well as the social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, and virtual world, Second Life. She has published extensively on this topic and is working on a book on adolescents and electronic media, on contract with Spinger.
Our mission is to study children, teens, and emerging adults’ interaction with the newer forms of interactive digital media and to see how these interactions both affect and reflect their offline lives and long-term development.