Sandra L. Calvert

Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, is the co-founder and Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, a multi-site interdisciplinary research center funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her current research focuses on the effects of media on early development and on the effects of interactive media and food marketing on children’s diets and health. In the gaming area, she is studying how advergames can be used to improve children’s selection of, and consumption of, healthy foods and beverages, as well as how exergames, such as Wii Active, can lead to weight loss, improved friendships, improved self-efficacy, and improved cognitive functioning among low-income overweight and obese African American adolescents.

Dr. Calvert has authored more than 70 empirical journal articles and book chapters as well as seven books. Her books include Children’s Journeys Through the Information Age (McGraw-Hill, 1999), Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (co-edited with Amy B. Jordan & Rodney R. Cocking, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002) and the Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (co-edited with B.J. Wilson, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2008, 2011). She has served on two committees for the National Academies, leading to four committee co-authored books including Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity (2006) and Youth, Pornography, and the Internet (2002).

Professor Calvert is a fellow of Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. She serves on Advisory Boards for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, PBS Kids Next Generation, and Children Now, and she has consulted for numerous companies to improve the quality of children’s media.