Alexis Lauricella, PhD

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Alexis Lauricella, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, TEC Center
Erikson Institute

 

Alexis Lauricella, PhD, is an Assocaite Professor at Erikson Institute and Director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center. Her research focuses on children’s learning from media technology and parents’ and teachers’ attitudes toward and use of media technology with young children. At the TEC Center, Dr. Lauricella’s research studies young children’s learning from technology by examining the impact of STEM media content on children’s direct learning from technology. She is interested in examining the use of technology tools to support parents’ STEM engagement with their children and evaluate technology-based curriculum tools to support preschool teachers’ use of STEM in the classroom. Dr. Lauricella is the former Associate Director of Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development. She has an impressive list of publications including empirical research articles in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Children and Media, Media Psychology, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Infant Behavior and Development, New Media and Society, Computers and Education, and Public Health. Dr. Lauricella is also the founder of www.PlayLearnParent.com.

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Recent Publications

Cingel, D. Lauricella, A. R., Mann, S., Carter, M. C., & Wartella, E. (in press). Parent sensitive topic understanding, communication comfort, and parent-adolescent conversation following exposure to 13 Reasons Why: A comparison of parents form five countries. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 

Pila, S. Piper, A.M., Lauricella, A. R. & Wartella, E. (2020).  Preschoolers’ STEM Learning on a Haptic Enabled Tablet. Emerging Technologies and New Media for Children.

Aladé, F., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. (2020). Who’s modeling STEM for kids? A character analysis of children’s STEM-focused television in the U.SJournal of Children and Media, 10.1080/17482798.2020.1810087

Lauricella, A. R., Herdzina, J. &, Robb, M. (2020). Factors influencing the teaching of digital citizenship competencies in elementary classrooms. Computers and Education.

Carter, M. C., Cingel, D. P., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. (2020). 13 Reasons Why, perceived norms, and reports of mental health-related behavior change among adolescent and young adult viewers in four global regions. Communication Research.

Lauricella, A. R. & Cingel, D. P. (2020). Parental influence on youth media use. Journal of Child and Family Studies doi:10.1007/s10826-020-01724-2

Hightower, B*., Sheehan, K., Lauricella, A., & Wartella, E. (2019). Exploring Parent Use of Early STEM Media to Inform Design for Children. Proceedings of the ACM Interaction Design for Children Conference (IDC 2019). doi: 10.1145/3311927.3323124. Top Paper Honorable Mention Award

Sheehan, K., Pila, S*., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. (2019). Parent-child interaction and children’s learning from a coding application. Computers and Education, 

Hurwitz, L.B*., Montague, H*., Lauricella, A. R. Alvarez, A. L*., Pietrantonio, F+. Ford, M. L+., & Ellen Wartella, (2019). Crowd pleasers: media characters in food company websites and apps for children, Young Consumershttps://doi.org/10.1108/YC-09-2018-0847

Cingel, D. P., Lauricella, A. R., Lam, W. S. E., Wartella, E., & Morales, P. Z. (2019). Online Communication Patterns of Chinese and Mexican Adolescents Living in the United States. International Journal of Communication13, 20.

*Pila, S., *Aladé, F*., Sheehan, K. J., Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. A. (2019). Learning to code via tablet applications: An evaluation of Daisy the Dinosaur and Kodable as learning tools for young children. Computers & Education128, 52-62. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2018.09.006

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Recent Presentations

Pila, S., Lauricella, A., Piper, A. M., & Wartella, E. (2021, May). Parent Attitudes Towards Haptic Feedback Technology. International Communication Association, Virtual Conference.

Taylor, L., Cingel, D. & Lauricella, A. (2021, April). Understanding the Relationships between Parent and Child Problematic Media Use and Child Wellbeing. Society for Research in Child Development, Virtual Conference.

Pila, S., Lauricella, A., Piper, A. M., & Wartella, E. (2021, April). Parent Attitudes Towards Technology and Haptic Feedback Technology in Early Childhood. Society for Research in Child Development, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A., & Russo, M. (2021, April). Early Childhood Educators TPACK & Remote Learning Experiences. Society for Research in Child Development, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A. R. (2020, December). Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy in Early Childhood at the IDC, Pediatrics & Neonatology Virtual Summit. 

Lauricella, A. R. (2020, June). US Lead for Language and Literacy Panel at the IDC, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A. R. (2020, June). Panelist for There is No Such Thing As Online Preschool panel at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A. R. (2020, May) Going One-to-One is Easier Said Than Done. Organized Symposium presented at the International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A. R., Herdzina, J., Robb, M.(2020, May). Digital Citizenship in Early Childhood Classrooms. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A. R., & Jacobson, M. (2020, May). Naturalistic Observations of Technology Use in Early Childhood Classrooms. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference.

Pila, S., Lauricella, A. R., Piper, A. M., & Wartella, E. (2020, May). Teacher Attitudes Towards STEM learning: Using Haptic Feedback Tablets in Early Childhood Education. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference..

Mann, S. Cingel, D. Lauricella, A. R., & Wartella, E. (2020, May). Parent Media Use and Knowledge About Adolescent Life: Implications for Parent Efficacy. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference.

Lauricella, A. R., & Herdzina, J. (2020, December). Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy in Early Childhood. Paper to be presented at the Annual Pediatrics and Neonatology Summit, Newton, Boston, MA. *Rescheduled Due to Covid.

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Recent posts byAlexis Lauricella, PhD

July 22, 2020
Remote PD Workshop Series with TEC Center
We are excited to share that we will be continuing our educator professional development offerings with a monthly two-part professional development series. Space limited- Register today! Read more →
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July 16, 2020
Peer to Peer Research Project
Funded by the Susan Crown Exchange through their Youth Voice Challenge, Erikson Institute’s Alexis Lauricella, PhD  will launch a two-year pilot research and development project that empowers adolescent youth in Evanston, IL to help each other use digital technology in healthy and productive ways. Read more →