Patricia Greenfield
Distinguished Professor of Psychology


  • Media
  • Technology and learning

Patricia Greenfield received her doctorate from Harvard University and is currently distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA, where she is a member of the Developmental Psychology group. Her central theoretical and research interest is in the relationship between culture and human development. She is a past recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Behavioral Science Research; the APA Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society; and the Society for Research in Child Development Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cultural and Contextual Factors in Child Development. She has received teaching awards from UCLA and the American Psychological Association. Her books include “Mind and Media: The Effects of Television, Video Games, and Computers,” which has been translated into nine languages. She also directs Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles and is engaged in Bridging Cultures, a project in cross-cultural education focusing on Latino immigrants. She was founding director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.