Speaker Information

Dr. Douglas Gentile is a highly sought-after speaker about media’s effects on children, adolescents, and adults.  He speaks regularly to groups of parents, educators, medical and mental health professionals, and government and non-governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally.  An award-winning educator, he has spoken to small groups and to groups as large as 12,000 in keynote addresses, detailed breakout sessions, and full-day trainings.

Topics include:

  • Media and children’s brain development
  • The multiple effects of media violence
  • The five dimensions of video game effects
  • Video games as exemplary teachers
  • Violent and prosocial video game effects
  • Screen time and obesity
  • The psychology of advertising (or, how ads work without our conscious awareness)
  • Beer advertising and youth drinking
  • How American health education must change
  • The problems with media rating systems
  • Pathological computer/video game use (aka “video game addiction”)
  • Media and school readiness and school performance
  • How the media portray women
  • Media and families as risk and protective factors for children
  • How families can mitigate the negative effects and promote the positive effects of media

A partial list of organizations that have enjoyed Dr. Gentile’s dynamic presentations includes:

  • National WIC Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX
  • Governor’s Annual Safe Schools Summit, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Media Violence Workshop, Potsdam, Germany
  • Media Development Authority, Singapore
  • North Dakota Supreme Court, Juvenile Court Seminar, Grand Forks, ND
  • American Academy of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI
  • New Mexico Media Literacy Catalyst Institute, Albuquerque, NM
  • 91W WMS/Department of Combat Medical Training Education Conference, San Antonio, TX
  • Oregon WIC Statewide Meeting, Portland, OR
  • Virginia Department of Health, WIC and Community Nutrition Services, Richmond, VA
  • Youth Summit, Columbia, TN
  • Oregon Parent Teacher Association, Salem, OR
  • Centro di Medicina Preventiva, Verona, Italy
  • 19th Annual Early Intervention and Early Childhood Summer Institute, Williamsburg, VA
  • Video Games/Entertainment Industry Technology and Medicine Conference, Marina Del Rey, CA
  • Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation Governor’s Scholars Institute, Sauk Rapids, MN
  • Greater Texas Community Partners Conference, Dallas, TX
  • 5th Annual Family and Community Violence Prevention Conference, Marshall, MN
  • National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Minnesota Council on Family Relations Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • Planned Parenthood of New England, Portsmouth, NH
  • Bradley County School District, Cleveland, TN
  • Dipartimento della Dipendenza, Verona, Italy
  • Governor’s Conference on Substance Abuse, Des Moines, IA
  • Region One Prevention Conference, Williston, ND
  • Touch Community Social Work Services, Singapore
  • School Administrators of Iowa Conference, Des Moines, IA  
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