Kristen Harrison

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Harrison, Kristen

Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Office Location(s): 5389 North Quad
Phone: 734.764.6718
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  • Fields of Study
    • Media Effects
    • Children, Adolescents and the Media
    • Obesity, Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • About

    Kristen Harrison has been studying mass media effects on children since 1992. Her research concerns the relationship between child media exposure and health outcomes related to food, nutrition, body image, disordered eating, and obesity. Her work has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the Illinois Council for Food and Agriculture Research, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Professor Harrison was co-founder of the University of Illinois STRONG Kids Program, a transdisciplinary research initiative engaged with media, marketing, and family predictors of early childhood obesity within home, community, and cultural contexts. Since 2011 she has been director of the Media Psychology group at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, where she is extending her STRONG Kids work with Michigan preschoolers.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison