Kristen S. Harrison

Faculty Associate, RCGD
Professor, Communication And Media
Kristen S. Harrison


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.