Research Scientist, Center on Media and Child Health
David Bickham, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Human Ecology from the University of Texas and his undergraduate degree from Haverford College. He completed his post-doctoral training at the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) and is now an instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Research Scientist at CMCH. Dr. Bickham is a health communication researcher with a specific focus on children and media. His research explores media as an environmental factor that can influence children’s physical, psychological, social, and academic well-being. The content of his current work is broad and includes examining the pathways linking media use to obesity, investigating the intersection between children’s play and their electronic media use, and exploring how young people’s media use may contribute to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Dr. Bickham is the author of numerous research articles and book chapters, has testified before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the effects of violent video games, and is regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses and present his work at organizational and academic meetings.