Kristen S. Harrison
Faculty Associate, RCGD
Professor, Communication And Media
Kristen Harrison's research focuses on children and media, including fright reactions to scary media, children's responses to media violence and violence-related ratings and advisories, media and emotion, and in collaboration with past and current students, media and youth sexualization and objectification. Her latest research concerns children's and adults' use of media for sensory gratifications, which are poorly understood yet essential for understanding parent-child conflict over media in the age of portable devices. Harrison is best known for her research on the relationship between child and adolescent media exposure and health outcomes related to food, nutrition, body image, disordered eating, and obesity. She has also studied the effects of digital image editing ("Photoshopping") on teen perceptions of body ideals.
- Moorman, Jessica D., and Kristen S. Harrison. Forthcoming. "Beyond Access and Exposure: Implications of Sneaky Media Use for Preschoolers' Sleep Behavior." Health Communication
- Domoff, Sarah E., Kristen S. Harrison, Ashley N. Gearhardt, Douglas A. Gentile, Julie C. Lumeng, and Alison L. Miller. 2019. "Development and Validation of the Problematic Media Use Measure: A Parent Report Measure of Screen Media "Addiction" in Children." Psychology of Popular Media Culture 8(1): 2-11.
- Wenhold, Halie, and Kristen S. Harrison. 2019. "Emerging adult women's career role modeling and wishful identification with female TV news personalities." Communication Quarterly 67(1): 41-59.
- Couture Bue, Amelia C., and Kristen S. Harrison. Forthcoming. "Empowerment Sold Separately: Two Experiments Examine the Effects of Ostensibly Empowering Beauty Advertisements on Women's Empowerment and Self-Objectification." Sex Roles
- Domoff, Sarah E., Jenny S. Radesky, Kristen S. Harrison, Hurley Riley, Julie C. Lumeng, and Alison L. Miller. 2019. "A Naturalistic Study of Child and Family Screen Media and Mobile Device Use." Journal of Child and Family Studies 28(2): 401-410.
- Wenhold, Halie, and Kristen S. Harrison. 2019. "Familial correlates of US preschooler physical activity." Journal of Children and Media 13(2): 219-227.
- Wang, Anthony A., Kristen S. Harrison, Salma Musaad, Sharon M. Donovan, and Margarita Teran-Garcia. 2019. "Genetic risk scores demonstrate the cumulative association of single nucleotide polymorphisms in gut microbiome-related genes with obesity phenotypes in preschool age children." Pediatric Obesity 14(9): e12530.
- Harrison, Kristen S. 2019. "Rude or shrewd? Reframing media devices as care structures and child use as accommodation." Journal of Children and Media 13(3): 367-375.
- Harrison, Kristen S., Lia Vallina, Amelia Couture, Halie Wenhold, and Jessica D. Moorman. 2019. "Sensory curation: theorizing media use for sensory regulation and implications for family media conflict." Media Psychology 22(4): 653-688.
- Wenhold, Halie, and Kristen S. Harrison. 2018. "Television use and family mealtimes among a sample of US families with preschoolers." Journal of Children and Media 12(1): 98-115.
- Erickson, Sarah E., Kristen S. Harrison, and Sonya Dal Cin. 2018. "Toward a Multi-Dimensional Model of Adolescent Romantic Parasocial Attachment." Communication Theory 28(3): 376-399.
- Harrison, Kristen S., Jessica Moorman, Mericarmen Peralta, and Kally Fayhee. 2017. "Food brand recognition and BMI in preschoolers." Appetite 114: 329-337.
- Domoff, Sarah E., Alison L. Miller, Neeaz Khalatbari, Megan H. Pesch, Kristen S. Harrison, Katherine Rosenblum, and Julie C. Lumeng. 2017. "Maternal beliefs about television and parental mediation in a low-income United States sample." Journal of Children and Media 11(3): 278-294.
- Liechty, Janet M., Samantha Clarke, Julie P. Birky, and Kristen S. Harrison. 2016. "Perceptions of early body image socialization in families: Exploring knowledge, beliefs, and strategies among mothers of preschoolers." Body Image 19: 68-78.
- Moorman, Jessica D., and Kristen S. Harrison. 2016. "Gender, Race, and Risk: Intersectional Risk Management in the Sale of Sex Online." Journal of Sex Research 53(7): 816-824.
- Harrison, Kristen S., Mericarmen Peralta, Gwen Costa Jacobsohn, and David T. Grider. 2016. "The placemat protocol: Measuring preschoolers' healthy-meal schemas with pretend meals." Appetite 96: 209-218.
- Harrison, Kristen S., and Mericarmen Peralta. 2015. "Parent and Child Media Exposure, Preschooler Dietary Intake, and Preschooler Healthy-Meal Schemas in the Context of Food Insecurity." Journal of Communication 65(3): 443-464.
- Harrison, Kristen S. 2015. "Media and the Family Introduction." Journal of Children and Media 9(1): 1-4.
- Harrison, Kristen S., and Veronica Hefner. 2014. "Virtually Perfect: Image Retouching and Adolescent Body Image." Media Psychology 17(2): 134-153.
- Johnson, Jessie M. Quintero, Kristen S. Harrison, and Brian L. Quick. 2013. "Understanding the Effectiveness of the Entertainment-Education Strategy: An Investigation of How Audience Involvement, Message Processing, and Message Design Influence Health Information Recall." Journal of Health Communication 18(2): 160-178.
- Fisher, Carla L., Daena Goldsmith, Kristen S. Harrison, Cynthia A. Hoffner, Chris Segrin, Kevin Wright, and Katherine Miller. 2012. "Communication and Mental Health: A Conversation from the CM Café." Communication Monographs 79(4): 539-550.
- Martins, Nicole, and Kristen S. Harrison. 2012. "Racial and Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Children's Television Use and Self-Esteem: A Longitudinal Panel Study." Communication Research 39(3): 338-357.
- Harrison, Kristen S., Janet M. Liechty, and T. STRONG Kids Program. 2012. "US Preschoolers' Media Exposure and Dietary Habits: The primacy of television and the limits of parental mediation." Journal of Children and Media 6(1): 18-36.
- Harrison, Kristen S., Kelly K. Bost, Brent A. McBride, Sharon M. Donovan, Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint, Juhee Kim, Janet M. Liechty, Angela Wiley, et al. 2011. "Toward a Developmental Conceptualization of Contributors to Overweight and Obesity in Childhood: The Six-Cs Model." Child Development Perspectives 5(1): 50-58.
- Martins, Nicole, Dmitri C. Williams, Rabindra A. Ratan, and Kristen S. Harrison. 2011. "Virtual muscularity: A content analysis of male video game characters." Body Image 8(1): 43-51.