Deborah Nichols, PhD

Research Interests

Early childhood, television, digital media, cognition, attention, comprehension, executive function, language and literacy development, social behavior, parenting, representational abilities, at-risk children and families, poverty, intervention, STEM education

Biography

I am primarily interested in the interface between children’s cognitive development (i.e., learning, language and early literacy skills, executive function) and educational media and how and whether these relations vary by important demographic and social indicators including poverty status, culturally- and linguistically-diverse populations, age, and location of residence (e.g., rural or urban). To examine this interface, I conduct descriptive work to detail media access and use patterns and relations among these patterns and child development; micro-level experimental work to detect the features used in media that direct attention and contribute to content comprehension; and macro-level intervention work that combines the knowledge gained through both descriptive and basic research and applies it in various real-world contexts. In the latter capacity, I have extensive experience evaluating the efficacy of various media products and media interventions (e.g., 22 different products and interventions evaluated across 52 different studies) using theoretically- and empirically-rigorous research methods and evaluation techniques. Recent projects and consultancies include Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids/CPB, Between the Lions, WGBH Public TV, Sprout, LeapFrog, Disney, Nickleodeon, the World Bank, and members of Congress.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Barr, R., & Linebarger, D. N. (2017). Media exposure during infancy and early childhood: The effects of content and context on learning and development. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-45102-2 http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319451008

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2015). Contextualizing video game play: The moderating effects of cumulative risk and parenting styles on the relations among video game exposure and problem behaviors. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 4(4), 375-396. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000069

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2015). Super Why! to the rescue: Educational television, preschoolers, and early literacy skills. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education, 6(1), 2060-2068.

  • Garrity, K., Piotrowski, J. T., Lapierre, M., & Linebarger, D. L. (2014). The home literacy environment: Exploring how media and parent-child interactions are associated with children’s language production. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 14(4), 482-509.

  • Lapierre, M. A., Piotrowski, J. T., & Linebarger, D. L. (2014). Assessing the relationship between pediatric media guidance and media use in American families. Clinical Pediatrics, 53(12), 1166-1173.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Barr, R., Lapierre, M., & Piotrowski, J. (2014). Associations between parenting, media use, cumulative risk, and children’s executive functioning. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 35, 367-377.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Moses, A., Garrity, K., & McMenamin, K. (2013). Learning vocabulary from television: Does onscreen print have a role? Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(3), 609-621.

  • Piotrowski, J. T., Lapierre, M., & Linebarger, D. L. (2013). Investigating correlates of self-regulation in early childhood with a representative sample of English-speaking American families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-14.

  • Lapierre, M., Piotrowski, J. T., & Linebarger, D. L. (2012).Background television in the homes of US children. Pediatrics, 130(5), 1-8.

  • Piotrowski, J. T., Jennings, N. A., & Linebarger, D. L. (2012). Extending the lessons of educational television with young children. Journal of Children and Media, 7(2), 216-234.

  • Lapierre, M., Vaala, S., & Linebarger, D. L. (2011). The influence of spokes-characters and health cues on young children's subjective ratings of cereal taste. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 165(3), 229-234.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2011). Teaching with television: New evidence supports an old medium. Phi Delta Kappan, 93(3), 62-65 .

  • Sanders-Jackson, A. N., Cappella, J. N., Linebarger, D. L., Piotrowski, J. T., O'Keeffe, M. , Strasser, A., & Lerman, C. (2011). Addiction and eyes on screen: How smokers process smoking-related PSAs. Human Communication Research, 37, 275-292.

  • Barr, R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Introduction to the special issue: Content and context in infant-directed media. Infant and Child Development, 19(6), 553-556. [Guest Editor, Special Issue]

  • Barr, R. E., Shuck, L., Salerno, K., Atkinson, E., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Music interferes with learning from television during infancy. Infant and Child Development, 19(3), 313-331. doi:10.1002/icd.666

  • Fenstermacher, S. K., Barr, R., Garcia, A., Salerno, K., Shwery, C., Pempek, T. A., Calvert, S., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Infant-directed media: An analysis of product information and claims. Infant and Child Development, 19(6), 557-576.

  • Fenstermacher, S. K., Brey, E., Pempek,T. A., Garcia, A., Ryan, M., Moses, A. M., Calvert, S., Barr, R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Interactional quality depicted in infant-directed videos: Where are the interactions? Infant and Child Development, 19(6), 594-612.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Piotrowski, J. T. (2010). Structure and strategies in children’s educational television: The role of program type and learning strategies in children’s learning. Child Development, 81(5), 1582-1597.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Piotrowski, J. T., & Greenwood, C. R. (2010). Using captioned television as a supplemental literacy tool. Journal of Research in Reading, 33(2), 148-167.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Vaala, S. (2010). Infants and toddlers, screen media, and language development: An ecological perspective. Developmental Review, 30(2), 176-202.

  • Vaala, S. E., & Linebarger, D. L., Fenstermacher, S., Tedone, A., Brey, E., Barr, R., Moses, A., Shwery, C., & Calvert, S. (2010). Content analysis of language-promoting teaching strategies: Do strategies match the claims in infant directed media? Infant and Child Development, 19(6), 628-648.

  • Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S., & Linebarger, D. L. (2009). Educational television as mediated literacy environments for preschoolers. Learning, Media, and Technology, 34(3), 229-242.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Piotrowski, J. T. (2009). TV as storyteller: How exposure to television narratives impacts at-risk preschoolers’ story knowledge and narrative skills. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27(1), 47-69.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Chernin, A. R., & Kotler, J. (2008). “Lazy kids watch TV:” Children’s perceptions of media and non-media activities. Journal of Children and Media, 2(1), 37-55.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Piotrowski, J. T. (2008). Impact of health-related interstitial messages on preschool children’s health knowledge. Health Communication, 23(6), 516-528.

  • Chernin, A. R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2005). The relationship between children’s television viewing and academic performance. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 159, 687-689.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Walker, D. (2005). Infants’ and toddlers’ television viewing and relations to language outcomes. American Behavioral Scientist, 46, 624-645.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Kosanic, A., Greenwood, C. R., & Doku, N. S. (2004). Effects of viewing the television program Between the Lions on the emergent literacy skills of young children. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96(2), 297-308.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Royer, S., & Chernin, A. (2003). Young children, parents, computers, and the Internet. IT & Society, 1(5), 260-279.

  • Anderson, D. R., Huston, A. C., Schmitt, K. L., Linebarger, D. L., & Wright, J. C. (2001). Early childhood television viewing and adolescent behavior: The recontact study. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 66.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2001). Learning to read using television: The effects of captions and narration. Journal of Educational Psychology, 93, 288-298.

  • Luze, G. L., Linebarger, D. L., Greenwood, C. R., Carta, J. J., & Walker, D. (2001). Toward a technology for assessing communication expression. School Psychology Review, 30, 393-416.

  • Wright, J. C., Anderson, D. R., Huston, A. C., Collins, P. A., Schmitt, K. L., & Linebarger, D. L. (1999). Early viewing of educational television programs: The short- and long-term effects on schooling. Insights, 2, 5-8.

Book Chapters

  • Linebarger, D. L. (in press). Educational media: Potentials for learning. In J. D. Wright (Editor-in-Chief), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd Ed.). Elsevier.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Lapierre, M. A., & Barr, R. (in press). What makes preschool educational television educational? A content analysis of literacy, language-promoting, and prosocial preschool programming In R. Barr & D. L. Linebarger (Eds.), Media exposure during infancy and early childhood: The effect of content and context on learning and development. New York: Springer.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Norton-Meier, L. (in press). Scientific concepts, multiple modalities, and young children. In M. McDermott & B. Hand (Eds.) Multiple representations and science education. New York, NY: Springer.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2013). Screen media, early cognitive development, and language: Babies' learning from screens (pp. 171-178). In D. Lemish (Ed.), Handbook on children, adolescents, and media. New York: Routledge.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Piotrowski, J. T., & Vaala, S. (2009). Supplementing television: What enhances or detracts from the power of television to teach. In N. N. Nagaraj (Ed.), Effect of television on children (pp. 45-71). Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Schmitt, K. L., Huston, A. C., & Anderson, D. R. (2009). Early childhood television viewing and adolescent cognitive outcomes. In A. Schorr (Ed.) Jugendmedienforschung: Forschungsprogramme, Synopse, Perspektiven. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

  • Wainwright, D. K., & Linebarger, D. L. (2009). Television can teach: Elements of effective educational television. In N. N. Nagaraj (Ed.), Effect of television on children (pp. 24-44). Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press.

  • Shaw, A., & Linebarger, D. L. (2008). The influence of computers, interactive games, and the internet on a child's multicultural worldview (pp. 333-347). In J. K. Asamen, M. L. Ellis, & G. L. Berry (Eds.), Handbook of child development, multiculturalism, and media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Greenwood, C. R., Kamps, D., Terry, B., & Linebarger, D. L. (2007). Primary intervention: A means of preventing special education? In D. Haager, J. Klingner, & S. Vaughn (Eds.), Evidence-based reading practices for response to intervention (pp. 73-106). Baltimore, MD: Brooks.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Wainwright, D. K. (2007). Learning while viewing: Urban myth or dream come true? In S. R. Mazzarella (Ed.), 20 Questions about youth and the media (pp. 179-196). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

  • Huston, A. C., Anderson, D. R., Wright, J. C., Linebarger, D. L., & Schmitt, K. L. (2001). Sesame Street viewers as adolescents: The recontact study. In S. Fisch & R. Truglio (Eds.), “G” is for “growing”: Thirty years of Sesame Street research (pp. 131-143). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  • Wright, J. C., Anderson, D. R., Huston, A. C., Collins, P. A., Schmitt, K. L., & Linebarger, D. L. (2001). The effects of early childhood TV-viewing on learning. In J. H. Falk (Ed.), Free-choice science education: How we learn science outside of school. New York: Teachers College Press.

Practitioner Oriented Publications

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Lapierre, M. A., Vaala, S. E., & Linebarger, D. L. (2009). Television. In R. A. Shweder, T. R. Bidell, A. C. Dailey, S. D. Dixon, P. J. Miller, & J. Modell (Eds.), The child: An encyclopedic companion (pp. 987-989). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

  • Chernin, A. R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2006). Television and attention. In J. J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Chernin, A. R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2004). Television’s impact on youth and children’s play (pp. 348-350). In G. Cross (Ed.), Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2000). Poverty and children. In L. Balter (Ed.), Parenthood in America: An encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2000). Television and children. In L. Balter (Ed.), Parenthood in America: An encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Technical Reports

  • Barr, R., Linebarger, D. L., Horn, P., Fenstermacher, S., Benasich, A. A., & Choudhury, N. (2010). Preliminary findings on factors influencing rapid auditory processing in 6-month-olds: Household density, maternal education, maternal depression and media exposure. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Fenstermacher, S. K., Barr, R. Brey, E., Pempek, T. A., Ryan, M., Calvert, S., Shewrey, C., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Educational media created for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers: A picture of the interactional quality as modeled by onscreen characters. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Garrity, K. M., Linebarger, D. L., Piotrowski, J. T., & Lapierre, M. A. (2010) A national parent survey: Predicting language and literacy skills from young children’s media environment. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Garrity, K. M., Piotrowski, J. T., McMenamin, K., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). A summative evaluation of 'The Electric Company'. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jennings, N. A., Altenau, M. L., Hunt, K. P., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Examining interactive educational television: A content analysis of 'Super Why!'. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Children’s response to interactive TV: An observational study of 'Super Why!' A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lapierre, M. A., Piotrowski, J. T., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Measuring the home media environment of young children: Results from a nationally representative sample of American families. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Television’s impact in children’s reading skills: A longitudinal study. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Barr, R., Lapierre, M. A., & Piotrowski, J. T.(2010). A national parent survey: Background television exposure and executive functioning. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & McMenamin, K. (2010). 'Between the Lions' Mississippi Literacy Initiative: 2008-2009 Review. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Moses, A. M., & McMenamin, K. (2010a). Vocabulary learning from educational television: Can children learn new words from 'Martha Speaks'? A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Moses, A., & McMenamin, K. (2010b). Vocabulary learning and the effect of onscreen print. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • McKnight, M. K., Vaala, S. E., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Content analysis of language-promoting strategies used in RTL programming and other programs for preschoolers. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Moses, A. M., Brod, R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). “Super Readers to the Rescue”: Super WHY’S! Depictions of reading, writing and other literacy activities. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., Sallee, T., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). “With the Power to Read”: The effects of consistent, positive literacy messages in an educational television program. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Moses, A., Linebarger, D. L., & Wainwright, D. K., & Brod, R. (2010). Television’s impact on children’s vocabulary knowledge: A meta-analysis. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Piotrowski, J. T., Lapierre, M. A., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). How American children spend their time. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Schmitt, K. L., Sheridan, L., McMenamin, K., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Summative evaluation of PBS Kids Island: Usability, outcomes and appeal. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lapierre, M. A., & Linebarger, D. L. (2009). Children’s understanding of print and story conventions as predictor of theory of mind. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2009). 'Between the Lions' Mississippi Literacy Initiative: 2007-2008 Review. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., McMenamin, K., & Moses, A. M. (2009). 'Martha Speaks': Indicators of appeal and parasocial relations and relations between these indicators and child outcomes. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., McMenamin, K., & Wainwright, D. K. (2009). Summative evaluation of 'Super Why!': Outcomes, dose and appeal. A final report prepared for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Piotrowski, J. T., Linebarger, D. L., &. Jennings, N. (2009). Assessing the impact of 'Between the Lions' and literacy manipulatives on the literacy skills of young children. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Vaala, S., Lapierre, M., & Linebarger, D. L. (2009). Attending to onscreen print in educational programming: the eye movements of children and adults. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Vaala, S., & Linebarger, D. L. (2009). Language promoting strategies embedded in infants’ educational videos. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Barr, R., & Linebarger, D. L. (2008). Music interferes with learning from television during infancy. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S., & Linebarger, D. L. (2008). Observing the “ins” and “outs” of 'Between the Lions': Educational television and emergent literacy in preschoolers. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; University of Cincinnati.

  • Jennings, N. A., Hunt, K., Altenau, M., & Linebarger, D. L. (2008). 'Electronic Company': Children’s parasocial relationships and loneliness. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lapierre, M., & Linebarger, D. L. (2008). Onscreen print and eye-tracking. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Wainwright, D. W., & Linebarger, D. L. (2008). Bedroom television: Behaviors and beliefs of parents regarding bedroom TV for young children. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Lapierre, M., & Vaala, S. (2007). Complexity, movement, and text familiarity: Correlates of visual attention to onscreen print. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Piotrowski, J. T. (2007). Literacy-promoting strategies embedded in children’s educational television: A content analysis and validation study. A final report prepared for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Piotrowski, J. T., & Vaala, S. (2007). Vocabulary knowledge, conversational language skills, and map knowledge: Can 'Postcards from Buster' help inside the classroom? A final report prepared for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., Taylor-Piotrowski, J. L., & Vaala, S. (2007). Supplementing television: What factors enhance or detract from learning from television. A literature review prepared for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Wainwright, D. K. (2007). Cutaways: The impact on appeal and story comprehension associated with viewing an episode of 'Between the Lions' from Season 6. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Piotrowski, J. T., & Linebarger, D. L. (2007). The impact of TV narratives on the early literacy skills of preschoolers. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2006). Teaching language and literacy on television. A literature review prepared for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L. (2006). The 'Between the Lions' American Indian Literacy Initiative Research Component: Report prepared for the United States Department of Education. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Taylor-Piotrowski, J. T. (2006) Formative evaluation of 'Postcards from Buster': The Boston Study. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Linebarger, D. L., & Taylor-Piotrowski, J. T. (2006). 'Pinky Dinky Doo': Evaluating the educational impact and appeal of 'Pinky Dinky Doo' on preschool children. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Wainwright, D. K., & Linebarger, D. L. (2006). Elements of effective educational television: A literature review prepared for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Education

  • 1998: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas

  • 1998: Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Advisors: Aletha C. Huston and John C. Wright

  • 1995: M.S.Ed., Psychology & Research in Education, University of Kansas, Child Development Advisor: Neil Salkind

  • 1991: B.A., Psychology, cum laude, University of Rochester

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 31100: Child Development

  • HDFS 68500A: Media and Children

Honors (Selected)

  • Best Paper Award, London International Conference on Education, November 2014; “Super Why! to the Rescue: Can Educational TV Help Preschoolers’ Early Literacy Skills?”

  • Iowa International Travel Award, Summer 2013, London, UK; Summer 2014, Berlin, Germany

  • Old Gold Fellowship, Summer 2013, “Infants’ and Toddlers’ Language Skill: The Roles of Parenting and TV Exposure," University of Iowa

  • Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Fellow, Fall 2012, with Christina Valle; “Neighborhood-Level Learning Supports for Adolescents” selected for Research in the Capitol event, Des Moines, IA

  • Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Fellow, Summer 2012, with Andrew Fagersten; “Understanding the Development of Educator Perceptions in Young Children”

  • Top Conference Paper 2012, Division of Children, Adolescents, & Media, International Communication Association, “Background Television in the Homes of Young Children”

  • University Research Foundation Junior Faculty Award, 2004; University of Pennsylvania

  • Trustees' Council of Penn Women Faculty Research Fellowship, 2003; University of Pennsylvania

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas, 1998-1999

  • Bruton Fellowship, 1997-1998; Summer Tuition Fellowship, 1997; Professional Development Award, April 1997; University of Texas at Austin

  • Graduated cum laude, 1991; Dean’s List, Rida Moore, McIntosh Scholarships; University of Rochester

Recent External Grants

  • 07/2015 – 06/2018: Principal InvestigatorNSF Cyberlearning “EXP: Integrated Behavioral Feedback Technologies to Enhance Preschool Teachers’ Classroom Practice and Preschool Children’s Executive Function (EF)”. $549,903 PENDING.

  • 06/2013 – 06/2014: Principal InvestigatorSesame Workshop “Lessons from Cookie Monster: Learning to delay gratification from watching Sesame Street”. $45,000.

  • 01/2006 – 12/2006: Principal InvestigatorSesame Workshop “Educational Television and Story Skills in Preschool Children”. $40,000.

  • 09/2005 – 09/2010: Principal InvestigatorCorporation for Public Broadcasting/US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, “Ready to Learn Literacy Initiative Cycle 3”. $5,133,087.

Professional Service

Ad hoc Journal Reviewer

Child Development; Journal of Educational Psychology; Human Communication Research; Topics in Early Childhood Special Education; Developmental Psychology; Media Psychology; American Sociological Review; Child: Care, Health, and Development; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; Infancy; Journal of Children and Media; Journal of Research in Reading; Preventive Medicine; Infant and Child Development; Archives of Adolescent & Pediatric Medicine; Pediatrics; Journal of Consumer Affairs; Journal of Early Intervention; Psychology of Popular Media Culture

Journal Guest Editor

Infant and Child Development

Grant/Fellowship Reviewer

  • John D. Templeton Foundation

  • McNair Scholars

Conference Paper Reviewer

  • Society for Research in Child Development – Panel 22: Contexts of Childhood Development

  • International Communication Association – Instructional/ Developmental Division, Children, Adolescents, and Media Division

Scholarly Association Committees

  • Society for Research in Child Development Task Force on Interdisciplinary Research (2006 – 2007)

  • International Communication Association, Children, Adolescents, and Media Division, Roundtable Selection Chair for June 2010 meeting

  • Member, American Psychological Association’s Division 46 (Media Psychology) News Media, Public Policy, and Public Education Committee (2014 – )

Advisory and Executive Boards

  • Walt Disney Scholars Advisory Board (2010 – present) Captions for Literacy (2008 – present)

  • PBS KIDS Next Generation Media Advisory Board (2006 – present)

  • Get Ready Iowa! Executive Board (2012 – 2015)

  • College of Education, University of Iowa Teacher Leader Center (2012 – 2015)

  • Reading Rainbow Advisory Board (2006 – 2008)

Deborah Linebarger
Associate Professor
Director, Children's Media Lab
(PhD, University of Texas, Austin)

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