Marie Evans Schmidt, PhD
Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt began studying the effects of media on children as an undergraduate at Georgetown University, where she worked with Dr. Sandra Calvert. After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown with a B.A. in Psychology and English, she received a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, under the mentorship of Dr. Dan Anderson. She has served as an assistant professor of cognitive development at Hampshire College and as a consultant to Sesame Workshop. Her research interests include: preschoolers' understanding and use of symbolic media, the effects of television on infants and toddlers' cognitive development, how environmental factors like media exposure influence the development of attention in children, and the development of interventions on unhealthy media use by very young children.