My Research

IMG_7132horizontalFirst and foremost, I am a husband and father. But I’m also an active researcher. My goal is to discover why kids are affected by media, and what we can do to help them enjoy the good and avoid the bad found in media. Here is a list of some of my scholarly publications.

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Rasmussen, E. E., & Densley, R. L. (2017). Girl in a country song: Gender roles and objectification of women in popular country music across 1990 to 2014. Sex Roles, 3, 188-201.
  • Dotson, W. H., Rasmussen, E. E., Shafer, A., Colwell, M., Densley, R. L., Brewer, A. T., Alonzo, M., & Martinez, L. A. (2017). Evaluating the ability of the PBS children’s show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to teach skills to two young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 67-71.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., & Densley, R. (2017). The role of parents in shaping the influence of media exposure on children’s well-being. In L. Reinecke and M. B. Oliver (Eds.), Handbook of media and well-being: International perspectives on theory and research on positive media effects, (pp. 262-273). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., Keene, J. R., Berke, C. K., Densley, R. L., Loof, T. (2016). Explaining parental coviewing: The role of social facilitation and arousal. Communication Monographs.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., White, S. R., King, A. J., Holiday, S., & Densley, R. L. (2016). Predicting parental mediation behaviors: The direct and indirect influence of parents’ critical thinking about media and attitudes about parent-child interactions. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 8, 1-21.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., Shafer, A., Colwell, M. J., White, S. R., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Densley, R. L., & Wright, H. (2016). Relation between active mediation, exposure to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and U.S. preschoolers’ social and emotional development. Journal of Children and Media, 10, 443-461.
  • Coyne, S. M., Linder, J. R., Rasmussen, E. E., Nelson, D. A., & Birkbeck, V. (2016). Pretty as a princess: Longitudinal effects of engagement with Disney Princesses on gender stereotypes, body image, and prosocial behavior in children. Child Development, 87, 1909-1925.
  • Collier, K. M., Coyne, S. M., Rasmussen, E. E., Hawkins, A. J., Padilla-Walker, L. M., Erickson, S. E., & Memmott-Elison, M. K. (2016). Does parental mediation of media influence child outcomes? A meta-analysis on media time, content, aggression, substance use, and sexual behavior. Developmental Psychology, 52, 798-812.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., & Ewoldsen, D. R. (2016). Treatment via television: The relation between watching Dr. Phil and parasocial patients’ intentions to seek mental health treatment. Journal of Health Communication, 6, 611-619.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., Rhodes, N., Ortiz, R. R., & White, S. R. (2016). The relation between norm accessibility, pornography use, and parental mediation among emerging adults. Media Psychology, 3, 431-454.
  • Ortiz, R. R., White, S. R., & Rasmussen, E. E. (2016). Do individual perceptions matter in pornography effects? How perceived general acceptance and perceived influence of pornography may impact agreement with sex-role attitudes. Communication Research Reports, 33, 88-95.
  • White, S. R., Rasmussen, E. E., & King, A. (2015). Restrictive mediation and unintended effects: Serial multiple mediation analysis explaining the role of reactance in U.S. adolescents. Journal of Children and Media, 9, 510-527.
  • Rasmussen, E. E., Ortiz, R. R., & White, S. R. (2015). Emerging adults’ responses to active mediation of pornography during adolescence. Journal of Children and Media, 9, 160-176.
  • Coyne, S. M., Linder, J. R., Rasmussen, E. E., Nelson, D. A., & Collier, K. M. (2014). It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a gender stereotype!: Longitudinal associations between superhero viewing and gender stereotyped play. Sex Roles, 70, 416-430.
  • Rasmussen, E. E. (2014). Proactive vs. reactive media mediation: Effects of mediation’s timing on children’s reactions to popular cartoon violence. Human Communication Research, 40, 396-413.
  • Nathanson, A. I., Alade, F., Sharp, M., Rasmussen. E. E., & Christy, K. (2014).  The relation between television exposure and executive function among preschoolers. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1497-1506.
  • Rasmussen, E. E. (2013).  Theoretical underpinnings of reducing the media’s negative effect on children: Person-centered, negative-evaluative mediation within a persuasion framework. In E.L. Cohen (Ed.). Communication Yearbook 37, (pp. 379-406). New York: Routledge.
  • Rasmussen, E. E. & Ewoldsen, D. R. (2013). Dr. Phil and Psychology Today as self-help treatments of mental illness: A content analysis of popular psychology programming. Journal of Health Communication.
  • Nathanson, A. I., Sharp, M., Alade, F., Rasmussen, E. E., & Christy, K. (2013). The relation between television exposure and theory of mind among preschoolers.  Journal of Communication.
  • Gentile, D. A., Nathanson, A. I., Rasmussen, E. E., Reimer, R. A., & Walsh, D. A. (2012). Do you see what I see? Parent and child reports of parental monitoring of media. Family Relations, 61, 470-487.
  • Nathanson, A. I. & Rasmussen, E. E. (2011). TV-viewing compared to book reading and toy playing reduces responsive maternal communication with toddlers and preschoolers. Human Communication Research, 37, 465-487.