Cognizant of the potency of images and of the primacy of mass media as a source of information and influence for young people, Dr. Rich focuses on media as a force that powerfully affects child development, health, and behavior. In 2002, he founded the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH), an interdisciplinary center of excellence in research, clinical interventions, and education on the effects of media on the physical, mental, and social health of children and adolescents. CMCH is developing and evaluating interventions to help children protect themselves from negative aspects of media, while still using and enjoying them. (For more information, see the CMCH website at www.cmch.tv).
Having come to medicine after a 12-year career as a filmmaker in Hollywood and Japan, Dr. Rich actively uses media as a tool for understanding and actively promoting child health. Dr. Rich wrote and co-produced an engaging, child-friendly video, Relieve the Squeeze, starring Danny DeVito and Nia Long, which educates and empowers children with asthma to take control of their disease. The Society for Adolescent Medicine honored Dr. Rich in with their New Investigator Award in 1998 for the creation of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), a research method where child and adolescent patients make video illness narratives to show and tell their clinicians about their experience of illness. To date, VIA has been used with children and adolescents to study chronic health conditions ranging from asthma and obesity to spina bifida and HIV. (For more information, see the VIA website at www.viaproject.org).
About Michael Rich
Dr. Rich received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his MPH degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an internship, residency, and fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Rich is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Medicine and is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
- Rich M. Boy, mediated: effects of entertainment media on adolescent male health. Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews 2003; 14: 691-713.
- Rich M, Bar-on M. Child health in the information age: media education of pediatricians. Pediatrics 2001;107(1):156-162.
- Rich M, Lamola S, Gordon J, Chalfen R. Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment: a patient-centered methodology for understanding the adolescent illness experience. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2000; 27: 155-165.
- Rich M, Woods ER, Goodman E, Emans SJ, DuRant RH. Aggressors or victims: gender and race in music video violence. Pediatrics 1998;101(4,Part 1):669-674.