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. Named one of the top 300 professors by the Princeton Review, he has spoken to small groups and to groups as large as 12,000 in keynote addresses, detailed breakout sessions, and full-day trainings.

To inquire about scheduling Dr. Gentile to speak to your group, please email him at dagentile (at) gmail dot com – the contact form is not yet working.

Topics include:

  • Media and children’s brain development
  • The multiple effects of media violence (including beneficial ones!)
  • Media, school readiness , attention problems, and school performance
  • The five dimensions of video game effects
  • Gaming Disorder (aka video game “addiction”)
  • The psychology of advertising (how advertising influences us without our conscious awareness)
  • Games as exemplary teachers
  • Beer advertising and youth drinking
  • The problems with media ratings systems
  • How to improve health education (take a lesson from advertisers)
  • The power of parents to maximize the benefits and minimize the potential harms of media
  • Media as seen within a risk and resilience framework
  • The role of science within public policy
Some potential session descriptions include:
1. Not Seen on TV: The TRUTH about Media’s Effects on Children
Dr. Douglas Gentile explains the positive and negative impacts that media have on children’s health and development.  Topics include brain development, school performance, media violence, and what parents and caregivers can do.  Dr. Gentile doesn’t just describe the impact; he provides practical advice for parents, daycare providers, and teachers to make sure kids get the benefits of modern technology while avoiding the problems.

2. The Multiple and Powerful Effects of Video Games
Video games are as much as part of 21st century kids’ lives  as television was for previous generations. Dr. Douglas Gentile is one of the world’s leading scientists on the effects of gaming-both positive and negative. He explores topics such as games-as-teachers, the benefits of prosocial games, the impact of virtual violence, and the growing problem of video game addiction. He describes five ways that video games affect players, providing practical advice for parents, teachers and other adults.

3. Pay Some Attention to the Man behind the Curtain: The Psychology of Advertising
Americans see over 3000 advertising impressions each day!  We swim in advertising so much that we no longer notice it, and we therefore begin to believe that it must not have a large effect on us and our children.  Yet, companies would not spend billions of dollars if it didn’t work.  Dr. Douglas Gentile describes the psychological tricks advertisers use to influence us without our conscious awareness, and shows the actual power advertisers have over us. Educators may want Dr. Gentile to describe how health education should learn from advertisers’ successes. You will never look at advertisements the same way again.

4.  Do we really need to be concerned about media violence?  Cutting through the hype.
Everyone has an opinion about how media violence influences (or fails to influence) children’s aggressive attitudes and behaviors.  Dr. Douglas Gentile is one of the world’s leading scientists on the effects of media violence on children, adolescents, and adults.  Science provides an alternative to opinion, and Dr. Gentile demonstrates how the science has documented four major effects of media violence, how large an effect it is, and what we can do about it.