Prof. Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator, research scientist, and author. Prof. Gentile runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, where he conducts research on the media’s impact on children and adults. He was selected as one of the Best 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review.
Prof. Gentile received his Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. As the Director of Research for the National Institute on Media and the Family, he researched the effects of media on children. The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific studies, he edited the book Media Violence and Children and co-authored Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy.
Prof. Gentile’s research led to United States congressional hearings on violent video games, and he helped the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization recognize Gaming Disorder as a medical concern.
Praise for Professor Douglas A. Gentile
“Dr. Gentile is an exceptional scholar, teacher, and mentor. He is highly regarded by everyone as one of the leading individuals in the area of media violence effects and the development of aggression in the country. His research is exceptional and has broad public policy implications.”
– Ed Donnerstein, Ph.D. Dean Emeritus University of Arizona
“Dr. Doug Gentile combines top notch science with down-to-earth applications. His work is a solid and useful resource that professionals and anyone who cares about children can count on.”
–David Walsh, Ph.D. Psychologist, Author and Speaker
“Prof. Gentile is among the leading scholars worldwide in the field of media effects on children and youth and has led several international research projects. His work on the effects of violent media but also on the addictive potential of excessive media use has filled important gaps in our understanding of the potentially harmful effects of media use. At the same time, his work has highlighted the positive aspects of media as exemplary teachers. Beyond his impact on academic research, he has reached out to parents and policy makers as an advocate for a healthy place of modern media in the lives of children and youth today.
–Barbara Krahé, Professor of Psychology, University of Potsdam
"Professor Doug Gentile is one of the top scholars in the world on media and kids. He has researched this topic for decades, and his work is highly cited by other scholars. Professor Gentile’s research not only advances science on this topic; it also helps policymakers, pediatricians, and parents make more informed decisions.”
–Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D. Professor of Communication and Psychology, The Ohio State University
“Dr. Douglas Gentile is truly a leader in the field of media and children. He is an excellent scholar and has given hundreds of parents real tools to help understand and manage their child's media use.”
–Dr. Sarah M. Coyne, PhD, Associate Professor at Brigham Young University
“Professor Gentile is one of the handful of most knowledgeable experts in the country on children and media. He's also, not coincidentally, one of the leading researchers. I'd take his word for effects of media on kids anytime.
–Vic Strasburger, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, University of New Mexico School of Medicine