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David Bickham, PhD

Bickham PhD
Medicine Research
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Research Scientist
Academic Title:
Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Media effects on health risks
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Research Overview

Dr. Bickham is a health communication researcher with a specific focus on children and media. His research explores media as an environmental factor that can influence children’s physical, psychological, social, and academic well-being. The content of his current work includes investigating the pathways linking media use and obesity by:

1) Assessing the effectiveness of media literacy and media reduction campaigns, 
2) Examining the impacts of digital food advertising on children, and 
3) Investigating characteristics of media use associated with BMI. 

He is also researching the role of media use in the development of mental health issues by considering how the context, content, and form of electronic media use may serve to distract from or exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

About Dr. Bickham

Dr. Bickham received his PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Texas and his undergraduate degree from Haverford College. He completed his post-doctoral training at The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Boston Children’s Hospital and is now an instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Research Scientist at CMCH.


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  1. Hoge E, Bickham D, Cantor J. Digital Media, Anxiety, and Depression in Children. Pediatrics. 2017 Nov; 140(Suppl 2):S76-S80.
  2. Kroshus E, Gillard D, Haarbauer-Krupa J, Goldman RE, Bickham DS. Talking with young children about concussions: an exploratory study. Child Care Health Dev. 2017 09; 43(5):758-767.
  3. Bickham DS. The Influence of Violent Media on Aggression in Adolescents. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2016 Fall; 27(2):276-290.
  4. Doornwaard SM, Bickham DS, Rich M, ter Bogt TF, van den Eijnden RJ. Adolescents' use of sexually explicit Internet material and their sexual attitudes and behavior: Parallel development and directional effects. Dev Psychol. 2015 Oct; 51(10):1476-88.
  5. Christensen CG, Bickham D, Ross CS, Rich M. Multitasking With Television Among Adolescents. J Broadcast Electron Media. 2015; 59(1):130-148.
  6. Bickham DS, Hswen Y, Rich M. Media use and depression: exposure, household rules, and symptoms among young adolescents in the USA. Int J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 60(2):147-55.
  7. Doornwaard SM, Bickham DS, Rich M, Vanwesenbeeck I, van den Eijnden RJ, ter Bogt TF. Sex-related online behaviors and adolescents' body and sexual self-perceptions. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec; 134(6):1103-10.
  8. Hswen Y, Naslund JA, Bickham DS. Differences in media access and use between rural Native American and White children. Rural Remote Health. 2014; 14(3):2922.
  9. Jain AV, Bickham D. Adolescent health literacy and the Internet: challenges and opportunities. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2014 Aug; 26(4):435-9.
  10. Hswen Y, Rubenzahl L, Bickham DS. Feasibility of an Online and Mobile Videogame Curriculum for Teaching Children Safe and Healthy Cellphone and Internet Behaviors. Games Health J. 2014 Aug; 3(4):252-9.
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  12. Chung RJ, Sherman L, Goodman E, Bickham DS, Rich M. Exploring the perspectives of obese adolescent girls. Qual Health Res. 2013 Oct; 23(10):1369-76.
  13. Bickham DS, Blood EA, Walls CE, Shrier LA, Rich M. Characteristics of screen media use associated with higher BMI in young adolescents. Pediatrics. 2013 May; 131(5):935-41.
  14. Bickham DS, Rich M. Is television viewing associated with social isolation? Roles of exposure time, viewing context, and violent content. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Apr; 160(4):387-92.
  15. Vandewater EA, Bickham DS, Lee JH. Time well spent? Relating television use to children's free-time activities. Pediatrics. 2006 Feb; 117(2):e181-91.
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