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Tuesday, August 14 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming and Student Health LIMITED

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Your students' video gaming experiences have DIRECT influence on classroom behavior and performance.   

Video gaming, often the most time consuming aspect of a student's life, can have a profound effect on health, wellness and academic performance.  As an educator there are ways you can actually make students more mindful of the risks, and benefits, of digital experiences.  Research shows that you have the potential to influence changes in behavior that can empower students to improve their well-being and academic performance.

Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and Children (2 editions; Praeger Press), and co-author of the book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2007, Oxford University Press). He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including studies on the positive and negative effects of video games on children in several countries, the validity of the American media ratings, how screen time contributes to youth obesity, and what is being called video game and Internet "addiction." In 2010, he was honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 46). He was named one of the Top 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review. Dr. Gentile runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University where he conducts research on media's impact on children and adults. As the leader of this effort, Dr. Gentile develops and conducts research projects designed to give parents and other caregivers the kind of information they need and want to make informed media choices for their children. His research has been supported by several grants, including grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Gentile speaks internationally to community, education, health care, and parent groups. Praised as an engaging and energetic speaker, he speaks about issues such as the connectionbetween media and brain development, the effects of television and video game violence, theeffects of tobacco and alcohol advertising on adolescents, and the psychology of advertising.He has been featured on such radio shows as National Public Radio's Morning Edition, To thePoint, the BBC World Service, and hiswork has been reported on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Jo Frost’s ExtremeParental Guidance, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, andhundreds of other newspapers and television stations internationally. He is the creator and hostof the monthly radio show The Science of Parenting.Dr. Gentile received his doctorate in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development atthe University of Minnesota. Prior to his work at Iowa State University, he was the Director ofResearch for the non-profit National Institute on Media and the Family, he worked as a marketresearcher, a math instructor, and served as test developer and data analyst for EducationalTesting Service in Princeton, New Jersey. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of AppliedDevelopmental Psychology.

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Dr. Douglas Gentile

Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of psychology at Iowa State University.  His research primarily focuses on how children's media use influences health and wellness. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and Chil... Read More →
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Peter Komendowski

President, The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa
Peter serves as co-director of the Iowa Digital Literacy Project, president of The Partnership @DrugFreeIowa.org and Face It Together (PDFI/FIT). He is a former Chair of the Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition’s healthy communities... Read More →

Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
108 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA