Undergraduate Degree

  • Pomona College , 1977 , Claremont , CA

Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School , 1991 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1992 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1994 , Boston , MA


Adolescent Medicine
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1996 , Boston , MA

Graduate Degree

  • Harvard School of Public Health , 1997 , Boston , MA


Michael Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, came to medicine after a twelve-year career as a filmmaker (including serving as assistant director to Akira Kurosawa on Kagemusha). As Director of the Center on Media and Child Health ( at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rich combines his creative experience with rigorous scientific evidence about the powerful positive and negative effects of media to advise pediatricians and parents how to use media in ways that optimize child development at Recipient of the AAP’s Holroyd-Sherry Award and the SAHM New Investigator Award, Dr. Rich has developed media-based research methodologies and authored numerous papers and AAP policy statements, testified to the United States Congress, and makes regular national press appearances.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine


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  1. Can Smartphones Make Smart Kids? Pediatrics. 2020 01; 145(1). View abstract
  2. A primary care pediatrician's guide to assessing problematic interactive media use. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2019 08; 31(4):435-441. View abstract
  3. Problematic interactive media use in teens: comorbidities, assessment, and treatment. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2019; 12:447-455. View abstract
  4. A Preliminary Evaluation of a School-Based Media Education and Reduction Intervention. J Prim Prev. 2018 06; 39(3):229-245. View abstract
  5. Internet Use, Depression, and Anxiety in a Healthy Adolescent Population: Prospective Cohort Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 May 22; 5(2):e44. View abstract
  6. Children's at Home: Pilot Study Assessing Dedicated Social Media for Parents of Adolescents with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. J Genet Couns. 2018 04; 27(2):505-517. View abstract
  7. Internet Gaming Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2017 Nov; 140(Suppl 2):S81-S85. View abstract
  8. Role of video games in improving health-related outcomes: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Jun; 42(6):630-8. View abstract
  9. 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. View abstract
  10. A plea for concern regarding violent video games. Mayo Clin Proc. 2011 Aug; 86(8):818-20. View abstract
  11. Cardiac care for older adults. Time for a new paradigm. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 May 03; 57(18):1801-10. View abstract
  12. Device therapy in patients with heart failure and advanced age: too much too late? Int J Cardiol. 2012 Feb 23; 155(1):52-5. View abstract
  13. Effect of depression on prognosis in heart failure. Heart Fail Clin. 2011 Jan; 7(1):11-21. View abstract
  14. 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. View abstract
  15. 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. View abstract
  16. E-mail intervention decreases online health risk references among adolescents. J Pediatr. 2009 Jul; 155(1):147. View abstract
  17. Television viewing in infancy and child cognition at 3 years of age in a US cohort. Pediatrics. 2009 Mar; 123(3):e370-5. View abstract
  18. 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. View abstract
  19. Can neighborhoods explain racial/ethnic differences in adolescent media use?. Journal of Adolescent Health;2006'38(2):133-134. 2007. View abstract
  20. Can neighborhoods explain racial/ethnic differences in adolescent inactivity? Int J Pediatr Obes. 2007; 2(4):202-10. View abstract
  21. Measuring youth media exposure (MYME): A pilot study. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2007; 40(2, Supplement 1):S5-S6. View abstract
  22. Is Television Healthy? The Medical Perspective. Children and Television: 50 Years of Research. 2007. View abstract
  23. Pulling the Plug on Entertainment Industry Ratings: In Reply. Pediatrics 2007;119(6):1261. Pediatrics. 2007. View abstract
  24. Media and child health: pediatric care and anticipatory guidance for the information age. Pediatr Rev. 2006 Aug; 27(8):289-98. View abstract
  25. 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). View abstract
  26. 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. View abstract
  27. 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. View abstract
  28. 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. View abstract
  29. Policies of Health Organizations and their Effects. Calvert SL, Wilson BJ, editors. Blackwell Handbook of Children, Media and Development. 2006; in press. View abstract
  30. 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. View abstract
  31. Pediatricians leading the way: integrating a career and a family/personal life over the life cycle. Pediatrics. 2006 Feb; 117(2):519-22. View abstract
  32. Media and Child Health: Anticipatory Guidance for the Information Age. Pediatrics in Review. 2006; 27(8):289-297. View abstract
  33. Brain imaging- An introduction to a new approach to studying media processes and effects. Media Psychology. 2006; 8:1-6. View abstract
  34. Media and child health: Pediatric care and anticipatory guidance for the information age. Pediatrics in Review 2006;27(8:289-297. 2006. View abstract
  35. Media and child health: peril or promise. Pediatrics in Review. 2005; in press. View abstract
  36. Researching human experience: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA). Australasian Journal of Information Systems. 2005; 12(2):103-111. View abstract
  37. 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. View abstract
  38. Sex screen: the dilemma of media exposure and sexual behavior. Pediatrics. 2005 Jul; 116(1):329-31. View abstract
  39. Video killed the radio star: the effects of music videos on adolescent health. Adolesc Med Clin. 2005 Jun; 16(2):371-93, ix. View abstract
  40. 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. View abstract
  41. 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. View abstract
  42. 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. View abstract
  43. Achieving independence: The role of parental involvement with adolescents with spina bifida. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005. View abstract
  44. Achieving independece" The role of parental involement with adolescents with spina bifida. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005. View abstract
  45. The effects of electronic media on children ages 0-6: a review of research and funding. Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Family Foundation. 2005. View abstract
  46. 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. View abstract
  47. Achieving independence: The role of parental involvement with adolescents with spina bifida. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005; 36(2):129. View abstract
  48. Understanding pediatric inner-city asthma: an explanatory model approach. J Asthma. 2004 Apr; 41(2):167-77. View abstract
  49. Applying visual research: patients teaching physicians about asthma through visual illness narratives. Visual Anthropology Review. 2004; 20(1):17-30. View abstract
  50. Understanding pediatric inner-city asthma: an explanatory model approach. Journal of Asthma. 2004; 41(2):167-77. View abstract
  51. Health literacy via media literacy. American Behavioral Scientist. 2004; 48(2):165-88. View abstract
  52. Factors affecting change among obese adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004; 34:112. View abstract
  53. Show is tell. Considering counter-narratives: narrating, resisting, making sense. Bamberg M, Andrews M(eds.). 2004; 151-158. View abstract
  54. Heart failure in the elderly. Congest Heart Fail. 2003 Nov-Dec; 9(6):311-21; discussion 309-10; quiz 322-3. View abstract
  55. Boy, mediated: effects of entertainment media on adolescent male health. Adolesc Med. 2003 Oct; 14(3):691-715, viii. View abstract
  56. 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. View abstract
  57. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. The Adolescent Male. 2003; 14(3). View abstract
  58. Treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis during pregnancy: a report of 7 cases. Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Apr 15; 36(8):996-1003. View abstract
  59. 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. View abstract
  60. Show is tell. Narrative Inquiry. 2003; 12(2):405-12. View abstract
  61. Visual illness narratives of asthma: explanatory models and health-related behavior. Am J Health Behav. 2002 Nov-Dec; 26(6):442-53. View abstract
  62. Quality of life in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Jun; 156(6):556-60. View abstract
  63. The prognostic importance of different definitions of worsening renal function in congestive heart failure. J Card Fail. 2002 Jun; 8(3):136-41. View abstract
  64. 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. View abstract
  65. Obesity in the lives of children and adolescents: inquiry through patient-created visual narratives. Pediatric Research. 2002; 49(4):7A . View abstract
  66. 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. View abstract
  67. Narrative research with audiovisual data: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) and NVivo. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 2002; 5(3):245-61. View abstract
  68. Child health in the information age: media education of pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2001 Jan; 107(1):156-62. View abstract
  69. 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. View abstract
  70. Children, adolescents, and television. Pediatrics. 2001; 107(2):423-26. View abstract
  71. Consumerism: its impact on the health of adolescents. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2001; 12(3):389-409. View abstract
  72. Sexuality, contraception, and the media. Pediatrics. 2001; 107(1):191-94. View abstract
  73. Media violence. Pediatrics. 2001; 108(5):1222-226. View abstract
  74. Video intervention/prevention assessment: a patient-centered methodology for understanding the adolescent illness experience. J Adolesc Health. 2000 Sep; 27(3):155-65. View abstract
  75. 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. View abstract
  76. Setting research directions for media literacy and health education. (conference report) Center for Media Studies, Rutgers University. 2000. View abstract
  77. Asthma in life context: Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) Pediatrics. 2000 Mar; 105(3 Pt 1):469-77. View abstract
  78. RELIEVE THE SQUEEZE!. 2000. View abstract
  79. It's your shot! Immunization by basketball. Ann Epidemiol. 1999 Oct; 9(7):394-6. View abstract
  80. Showing and telling asthma: children teaching physicians with visual narrative. Visual Sociology. 1999; 14:51-71. View abstract
  81. 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. View abstract
  82. Media education. Pediatrics. 1999; 104(2):341-43. View abstract
  83. 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. View abstract
  84. High quality, cost-effective care for adolescents with pelvic inflammatory disease. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1998 Nov; 11(4):193-4. View abstract
  85. Aggressors or victims: gender and race in music video violence. Pediatrics. 1998 Apr; 101(4 Pt 1):669-74. View abstract
  86. 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. View abstract
  87. Tobacco and alcohol use behaviors portrayed in music videos: a content analysis. Am J Public Health. 1997 Jul; 87(7):1131-5. View abstract
  88. Violence and weapon carrying in music videos. A content analysis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997 May; 151(5):443-8. View abstract
  89. Managing asthma with the adolescent. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1996 Aug; 8(4):301-9. View abstract
  90. OPEN UP: A comprehensive education approach to asthma management in adolescents. 1995. View abstract
  91. Glazier S (ed). Random House Word Menu. 1992. View abstract