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2016 Badger of the Year WAA HOI Chapter

Barbara J. Wilson, PhD

Barbara J. Wilson (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the Interim Chancellor, the Harry E. Preble Dean of LAS, and the Kathryn Lee Baynes Dallenbach Professor of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Before joining the University of Illinois in 2000, she was on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara for 12 years. Her areas of expertise include the social and psychological effects of the media, particularly on youth.

Barbara is co-author of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (Sage Publications, 2002; second edition, 2009) and three book volumes of the National Television Violence Study (Sage Publications, 1997-1998).  She also co-edited the Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and has published dozens of scholarly articles and chapters on media effects and their implications for media policy.  Recent projects focus on preschoolers’ attachment to media characters, the amount and quality of educational television programming for children, and children’s attraction to media violence.

Professor Wilson currently serves on the editorial boards of four academic journals, including Media Pscyhology and the Journal of Media and Children.  In 2008, she was elected as Fellow of the International Communication Association.  She has served as a research consultant for Nickelodeon, the National Association of Television Program Executives, Discovery Channel Pictures, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.