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Michael Rich, MD, MPH

Michael Rich, MD, MPH
Research Center:
Center on Media and Child Health
Medicine Research
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Director, Center on Mediaand Child Health (CMCH)Director, Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA)
Academic Title:
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Media effects on health risks
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Lab Web Site: Center on Media and Child Health

Research Overview

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

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 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. Dr. Rich is currently parlaying VIA techniques into developing the latest CMCH innovation project, Children’s at Home, a closed, secure, BCH-moderated social networking portal that allows patients with the same condition to build community online by sharing video of themselves.

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

Key Publications

  1. 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)):669-74.
  2. 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(3):155-65.
  3. Schmidt ME, Rich M, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, Taveras EL. Television viewing in infancy and child cognition at 3 Years of age in a US cohort. Pediatrics 2009:123 (3):e370 - e375.
  4. Rich M. Virtual sexuality: the influence of entertainment media on sexual behavior. In: Brown, J, editor. Managing the Media Monster: The Influence of Media (From Television to Text Messages) on Teen Sexual Behavior and Attitudes. Ed., Washington, D.C.: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; 2009. p 18-28.
  5. King, BE, Rich, M. Using social media to empower parents in the Digital Age: Ask the Mediatrician. In: Vannini P, ed. Popularizing research: Engaging new genres, media, and audiences. New York Peter Lang Publishing; 2012:157-162.
  6. Rich, M. The medical community in the U.S.: Treating media as an influence on health and development. In: Lemish, D, ed. The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents, and Media. Routledge; 2013:451-458.
  7. Bickham D. S., Blood, E. A., Walls, C. E., Shrier, L. A., Rich, M. Characteristics of screen media use associated with higher body mass index in young adolescents. Pediatrics. 2013, 131(5), 935-941.
  8. Rich M. Moving from child advocacy to evidence-based care for digital natives. JAMA Pediatrics. 2014;168(5):404-406.
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