Title: Associate Professor
Office: W202 Lagomarcino Hall
Phone Number: 515-294-1472
Laboratory: Media Research Lab
Ph.D., Child Psychology
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 1998
M.A., Child Psychology
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 1994
State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986 (graduated with highest honors from the department, summa cum laude from the university)
I study what can be defined broadly as media effects. I am interested in both the positive and negative effects of media on children and adults, including media violence, video games, advertising, educational media, news/propaganda, virtual reality, and music. My research is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing on the methodologies and strengths of developmental psychology, social psychology, medicine, communications, and journalism.
Dr. Gentile is also affiliated with the Communication Studies program.