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Michael Rich, MD, MPH

Michael Rich, MD, MPH
Research Center:
Center on Media and Child Health
Department:
Medicine Research
Division
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
Contact:
617-355-5420
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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 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 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

Publications

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  1. Primack BA, Carroll MV, McNamara M, Klem ML, King B, Rich M, Chan CW, Nayak S. Role of video games in improving health-related outcomes: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Jun; 42(6):630-8.
  2. McKetta S, Rich M. The fault, dear viewer, lies not in the screens, but in ourselves: relationships between screen media and childhood overweight/obesity. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2011 Dec; 58(6):1493-508, xii.
  3. Murray JP, Biggins B, Donnerstein E, Menninger RW, Rich M, Strasburger V. A plea for concern regarding violent video games. Mayo Clin Proc. 2011 Aug; 86(8):818-20.
  4. Forman DE, Rich MW, Alexander KP, Zieman S, Maurer MS, Najjar SS, Cleveland JC, Krumholz HM, Wenger NK. Cardiac care for older adults. Time for a new paradigm. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 May 3; 57(18):1801-10.
  5. Cutro R, Rich MW, Hauptman PJ. Device therapy in patients with heart failure and advanced age: too much too late? Int J Cardiol. 2012 Feb 23; 155(1):52-5.
  6. Carney RM, Freedland KE, Stein PK, Steinmeyer BC, Harris WS, Rubin EH, Krone RJ, Rich MW. Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on heart rate variability in depressed patients with coronary heart disease. Psychosom Med. 2010 Oct; 72(8):748-54.
  7. Carney RM, Freedland KE, Rubin EH, Rich MW, Steinmeyer BC, Harris WS. Omega-3 augmentation of sertraline in treatment of depression in patients with coronary heart disease: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2009 Oct 21; 302(15):1651-7.
  8. Rich M. E-mail intervention decreases online health risk references among adolescents. J Pediatr. 2009 Jul; 155(1):147.
  9. Schmidt ME, Rich M, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, Taveras EM. Television viewing in infancy and child cognition at 3 years of age in a US cohort. Pediatrics. 2009 Mar; 123(3):e370-5.
  10. Shrier DK, Zucker AN, Mercurio AE, Landry LJ, Rich M, Shrier LA. Generation to generation: discrimination and harassment experiences of physician mothers and their physician daughters. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2007 Jul-Aug; 16(6):883-94.
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  12. Richmond TK, Field AE, Rich M. Can neighborhoods explain racial/ethnic differences in adolescent media use?. Journal of Adolescent Health;2006'38(2):133-134. 2007.
  13. Richmond TK, Field AE, Rich M. Can neighborhoods explain racial/ethnic differences in adolescent inactivity? Int J Pediatr Obes. 2007; 2(4):202-10.
  14. Rich M, Bickham D, Koren, S, Aneja P, de Moor C, Shrier L. Measuring youth media exposure (MYME): A pilot study. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2007; 40(2, Supplement 1):S5-S6.
  15. Rich, M. Is Television Healthy? The Medical Perspective. Children and Television: 50 Years of Research. 2007.
  16. Rich, M. . Pulling the Plug on Entertainment Industry Ratings: In Reply. Pediatrics 2007;119(6):1261. Pediatrics. 2007.
  17. Schmidt ME, Rich M. Media and child health: pediatric care and anticipatory guidance for the information age. Pediatr Rev. 2006 Aug; 27(8):289-98.
  18. Rich M. Is TV healthy? The medical perspective. Children and television: 50 years of research. Pecora N, Murray J, Wartella E (eds.). 2006; in press(in press).
  19. Rich M, Lamola S, Woods ER. Effects of creating visual illness narratives on quality of life with asthma: a pilot intervention study. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Jun; 38(6):748-52.
  20. Rich M, Lamola S, Woods ER. Effects of creating visual illness narratives on quality of life with asthma: a pilot intervention study. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2006; 38(6):748-752.
  21. 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.
  22. Branner AC, Schmidt ME, Rich M. Policies of Health Organizations and their Effects. Calvert SL, Wilson BJ, editors. Blackwell Handbook of Children, Media and Development. 2006; in press.
  23. Seow H, Phillips CO, Rich MW, Spertus JA, Krumholz HM, Lynn J. Isolation of health services research from practice and policy: the example of chronic heart failure management. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Mar; 54(3):535-40.
  24. Shrier DK, Shrier LA, Rich M, Greenberg L. Pediatricians leading the way: integrating a career and a family/personal life over the life cycle. Pediatrics. 2006 Feb; 117(2):519-22.
  25. Schmidt ME, Rich M. . Media and Child Health: Anticipatory Guidance for the Information Age. Pediatrics in Review. 2006; 27(8):289-297.
  26. Anderson DR, Bryant J, Murray JP, Rich M, Rivkin MJ, Zillmann D. Brain imaging- An introduction to a new approach to studying media processes and effects. Media Psychology. 2006; 8:1-6.
  27. Schmidt,ME, Rich M. . Media and child health: Pediatric care and anticipatory guidance for the information age. Pediatrics in Review 2006;27(8:289-297. 2006.
  28. Schmidt ME, Rich M. Media and child health: peril or promise. Pediatrics in Review. 2005; in press.
  29. Patashnick J, Rich M. Researching human experience: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA). Australasian Journal of Information Systems. 2005; 12(2):103-111.
  30. Rich M, Polvinen J, Patashnick J. Visual narratives of the pediatric illness experience: children communicating with clinicians through video. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2005 Jul; 14(3):571-87, x-xi.
  31. Rich M. Sex screen: the dilemma of media exposure and sexual behavior. Pediatrics. 2005 Jul; 116(1):329-31.
  32. Ashby SL, Rich M. Video killed the radio star: the effects of music videos on adolescent health. Adolesc Med Clin. 2005 Jun; 16(2):371-93, ix.
  33. Trent M, Austin SB, Rich M, Gordon CM. Overweight status of adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome: body mass index as mediator of quality of life. Ambul Pediatr. 2005 Mar-Apr; 5(2):107-11.
  34. King BE, Gray S, Rich M. Center on Media and Child Health: Building an e-resource for researchers and the public. Paper presented at the Special Libraries Association Annual Meeting, June 6-8, Toronto, Ontario. 2005.
  35. Buchbinder MH, Detzer MJ, Welsch RL, Christiano AS, Patashnick JL, Rich M. Assessing adolescents with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: a multiple perspective pilot study using visual illness narratives and interviews. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005; 36(71):e9.
  36. Rich M, Patashnick, JL, Kastelic E. Achieving independence: The role of parental involvement with adolescents with spina bifida. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005.
  37. Rich M, Patashnick, JL, Kastelic E. Achieving independece" The role of parental involement with adolescents with spina bifida. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005.
  38. Evans Schmidt M, Bickham DS, King BE, Slaby RG, Branner A, Rich M . The effects of electronic media on children ages 0-6: a review of research and funding. Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Family Foundation. 2005.
  39. Rich M, Polvinen J, Patashnick J. Visual narratives of the pediatric illness experience: children communication with clinicians through video. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America. 2005; 14:571-587.
  40. Rich M, Patashnick JL, Kastelic E. Achieving independence: The role of parental involvement with adolescents with spina bifida. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005; 36(2):129.
  41. Handelman L, Rich M, Bridgemohan CF, Schneider L. Understanding pediatric inner-city asthma: an explanatory model approach. J Asthma. 2004 Apr; 41(2):167-77.
  42. Chalfen R, Rich M. Applying visual research: patients teaching physicians about asthma through visual illness narratives. Visual Anthropology Review. 2004; 20(1):17-30.
  43. Handelman L, Rich M, Frazer CH, Schneider LC. Understanding pediatric inner-city asthma: an explanatory model approach. Journal of Asthma. 2004; 41(2):167-77.
  44. Rich M. Health literacy via media literacy. American Behavioral Scientist. 2004; 48(2):165-88.
  45. Corrado SP, Patashnick J, Rich M. Factors affecting change among obese adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004; 34:112.
  46. Rich, M. Show is tell. Considering counter-narratives: narrating, resisting, making sense. Bamberg M, Andrews M(eds.). 2004; 151-158.
  47. Forman DE, Rich MW. Heart failure in the elderly. Congest Heart Fail. 2003 Nov-Dec; 9(6):311-21; discussion 309-10; quiz 322-3.
  48. Rich M. Boy, mediated: effects of entertainment media on adolescent male health. Adolesc Med. 2003 Oct; 14(3):691-715, viii.
  49. Rich M. Boy, mediated: effects of media on adolescent male health. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. Rosen DS, Rich M (eds.). 2003; 14(3):691-715.
  50. Rosen DS, Rich M (editors). Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. The Adolescent Male. 2003; 14(3).
  51. Shin S, Guerra D, Rich M, Seung KJ, Mukherjee J, Joseph K, Hurtado R, Alcantara F, Bayona J, Bonilla C, Farmer P, Furin J. Treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis during pregnancy: a report of 7 cases. Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Apr 15; 36(8):996-1003.
  52. Trent ME, Rich M, Austin SB, Gordon CM. Fertility concerns and sexual behavior in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome: implications for quality of life. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2003 Feb; 16(1):33-7.
  53. Rich M. Show is tell. Narrative Inquiry. 2003; 12(2):405-12.
  54. Rich M, Patashnick J, Chalfen R. Visual illness narratives of asthma: explanatory models and health-related behavior. Am J Health Behav. 2002 Nov-Dec; 26(6):442-53.
  55. Trent ME, Rich M, Austin SB, Gordon CM. Quality of life in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Jun; 156(6):556-60.
  56. Gottlieb SS, Abraham W, Butler J, Forman DE, Loh E, Massie BM, O'connor CM, Rich MW, Stevenson LW, Young J, Krumholz HM. The prognostic importance of different definitions of worsening renal function in congestive heart failure. J Card Fail. 2002 Jun; 8(3):136-41.
  57. Landgraf JM, Rich M, Rappaport L. Measuring quality of life in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and their families: development and evaluation of a new tool. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Apr; 156(4):384-91.
  58. Rich M, Huecker D, Ludwig D. Obesity in the lives of children and adolescents: inquiry through patient-created visual narratives. Pediatric Research. 2002; 49(4):7A .
  59. Blum R, Rich M, Rosen DS, Slap GB, et al. A consensus statement on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with special health care needs: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. Pediatrics. 2002; 110(6):1304-306.
  60. Rich M, Patashnick J. Narrative research with audiovisual data: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) and NVivo. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 2002; 5(3):245-61.
  61. Rich M, Bar-On M. Child health in the information age: media education of pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2001 Jan; 107(1):156-62.
  62. Rich M, Reviewer/Editor. Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and their Parents; Raising Children to Resist Violence. American Academy of Pediatrics Patient/Parent Education Brochures. 2001.
  63. Committee on Public Education: Bar-on M, Broughton DB, Buttross S, Corrigan S, Gedissman A, Gonzales de Rivas MR, Rich M, Shifrin DL. Children, adolescents, and television. Pediatrics. 2001; 107(2):423-26.
  64. Austin SB, Rich M. Consumerism: its impact on the health of adolescents. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2001; 12(3):389-409.
  65. Committee on Public Education: Bar-on M, Broughton DB, Buttross S, Corrigan S, Gedissman A, Gonzales de Rivas MR, Rich M, Shifrin DL. Sexuality, contraception, and the media. Pediatrics. 2001; 107(1):191-94.
  66. Committee on Public Education: Bar-on M, Broughton DB, Buttross S, Corrigan S, Gedissman A, Gonzales de Rivas MR, Rich M, Shifrin DL. Media violence. Pediatrics. 2001; 108(5):1222-226.
  67. Rich M, Lamola S, Gordon J, Chalfen R. Video intervention/prevention assessment: a patient-centered methodology for understanding the adolescent illness experience. J Adolesc Health. 2000 Sep; 27(3):155-65.
  68. Rich M, Taylor SA, Chalfen R. Illness as a social construct: understanding what asthma means to the patient to better treat the disease. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 2000 May; 26(5):244-53.
  69. Setting research directions for media literacy and health education. (conference report) Center for Media Studies, Rutgers University. 2000.
  70. Rich M, Lamola S, Amory C, Schneider L. Asthma in life context: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) Pediatrics. 2000 Mar; 105(3 Pt 1):469-77.
  71. Rich M . RELIEVE THE SQUEEZE!. 2000.
  72. Rich M. It's your shot! Immunization by basketball. Ann Epidemiol. 1999 Oct; 9(7):394-6.
  73. Rich M, Chalfen R. Showing and telling asthma: children teaching physicians with visual narrative. Visual Sociology. 1999; 14:51-71.
  74. Rich M, Reviewer/Editor. Television and the Family; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Rating Your Child's Entertainment. American Academy of Pediatrics Patient/Parent Education Brochures. 1999.
  75. Committee on Public Education: Hogan M, Bar-on M, Beard L, Corrigan S, Gedissman A, Palumbo F, Rich M, Shifrin D. Media education. Pediatrics. 1999; 104(2):341-43.
  76. Rich M, Ginsburg K. The reason and rhyme of qualitative research: why, when , how to use qualitative methods in the study of adolescent health. Journal of Adolescent Health. 1999; 25(6):371-78.
  77. Rich M. High quality, cost-effective care for adolescents with pelvic inflammatory disease. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1998 Nov; 11(4):193-4.
  78. Rich M, Woods ER, Goodman E, Emans SJ, DuRant RH. Aggressors or victims: gender and race in music video violence. Pediatrics. 1998 Apr; 101(4 Pt 1):669-74.
  79. Rich M, Reviewer/Editor. Sleep problems in children; Home safety checklist; Understanding the impact of media on children and teens. American Academy of Pediatrics Patient/Parent Education Brochures. 1998.
  80. DuRant RH, Rome ES, Rich M, Allred E, Emans SJ, Woods ER. Tobacco and alcohol use behaviors portrayed in music videos: a content analysis. Am J Public Health. 1997 Jul; 87(7):1131-5.
  81. DuRant RH, Rich M, Emans SJ, Rome ES, Allred E, Woods ER. Violence and weapon carrying in music videos. A content analysis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997 May; 151(5):443-8.
  82. Rich M, Schneider L. Managing asthma with the adolescent. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1996 Aug; 8(4):301-9.
  83. Rich M, Shrier LA. OPEN UP: A comprehensive education approach to asthma management in adolescents. 1995.
  84. Rich M, Contributing Editor in Medicine. . Glazier S (ed). Random House Word Menu. 1992.
  85. Freedland KE, Carney RM, Rich MW. Effect of depression on prognosis in heart failure. Heart Fail Clin. 2011 Jan; 7(1):11-21.
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