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Colleen Russo

Graduate Student
Research Area: Developmental Science

COLLEEN RUSSO is a doctoral student in psychology in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She is also a National Science Foundation graduate student fellow and a Curb Center public policy fellow. Her research focuses on children and media, specifically, how interactive technology and video chat affect young children’s cognitive development and symbolic representation. An active proponent for bridging the gap between scientific research and industry, Russo often consults on children’s media projects and is actively involved with related non-profit organizations. 

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Representative Publications

Troseth, G. L., Russo, C. E., & Strouse, G. A. (2016). What’s next for research on young children’s interactive media?. Journal of Children and Media10(1), 54-62.

Duncan, C. A. & Russo, C. E (2016). Hey Inner Four Year Old, Wanna Play?: Creativity in Children’s Media. In N. Silton (Ed.), Exploring the Benefits of Creativity in Business, Media, and the Arts. IGI global. Chapter manuscript accepted.

Russo, C. E., Duncan, C. A., Troseth, G. L. (in prep). iTap on a touchscreen: Exploratory insights on children’s interactions. Article abstract accepted.

Russo, C.E., Kleeman, D., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (in prep). Science to practice (and back): Bridging research and industry in children's media. 

Russo, C. E., Troseth, G. L., Conder, E. B. (in prep). The insidious sitcom: Factors of tween TV that increase tolerance of verbal insults.

Russo, C. E., Troseth, G. L., Conder, E. B. (in prep). Why is that funny? The role of the laugh track following verbal insults in Tween TV.

Russo C. E., Troseth, G. L., Ashmead, Z. E., Dye, A. & Dow, G. A. (in prep). Mean media: Verbal insults in children’s television. 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: 

Russo, C. E., Troseth, G. L., Conder, E. B. (2015, May). Why is that funny?: The role of the laugh track following verbal insults in Tween TV. Paper at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Russo, C.E., Duncan, C.A., Troseth, G.L. (2015, March). Exploratory insights on children’s touchscreen interactions. Paper presented at bi-annual meeting of the Society of Research on Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.

Russo, C. E., Troseth, G. L., Conder, E. B. (2015, March). The insidious sitcom: Factors of tween TV that increase tolerance of verbal insults. Poster presented at bi-annual meeting of the Society of Research on Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.

Russo, C. E., Duncan, C.A., Troseth, G.L. (2014, March). Factors that affect toddlers' interaction and learning on touchscreen devices. Poster presented at annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.

Russo, C. E., Dye, A.P., Ashmead, Z.E. & Dow, G.A. (2013, April). Be kind to one another: An historical content analysis of children’s television. Poster presented at bi-annual meeting of the Society of Research on Child Development. Seattle, WA.

Russo, C. E., Dye, A.P., Ashmead, Z.E. & Dow, G.A. (2013, March). Insults and values portrayed on children’s television. Paper presented at annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, New York.

Russo, C. E., Duncan, C.A., Troseth, G.L. (2013, October). iTap on a Touchscreen: Age, sex and self-regulation affect toddlers' interaction and learning. Northwestern InfoSocial Conference. Evanstan, IL.

Russo, C. E., Ashmead, Z.E., & Dye, A.P. (2012, May). Children’s representations of people presented through video. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Russo, C. E., & Dow, G.L. (2012, May). Exposure factors affecting children’s analogical problem solving: Is interaction superior to watching television? Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference (award winner), Chicago, IL.

Russo, C. E., Ashmead, Z.E., & Dye, A.P. (2012, April). Understanding children’s dual representations of video using false belief tasks. Paper presented at the 2012 Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference.

Russo, C. E., Hull, M.B, Moss, A.E, & Henshaw, E (2011, April). Behind the looking glass: The effects of self-awareness on eating behavior. Paper presented at the 2011 Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference.

 


Honors

2013 – 2016       National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow

2015 – 2016       Vanderbilt Curb Center Public Policy Fellow

2013 – 2014       Julius Seeman Award for excellence in scholastic & professional development, Vanderbilt

2013                 Kennedy Center Research Award Winner, Vanderbilt

2012                 Psi Chi Regional Research Award Winner, Midwestern Psychological Association

2010                 Bowen Summer Research Scholar, Denison

2009                 Burton Morgan Entrepreneurial Scholar, Denison