Michael Rich

Founder and Director, Center on Media & Child Health

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM is the Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health, an academic center of excellence at Boston Children’s Hospital dedicated to investigating, translating, and innovating with media to optimize the physical, mental, academic and social-emotional health and development of children and adolescents. 

Dr. Rich advises pediatricians, educators and parents on how to optimize child development in the Digital Age at www.askthemediatrician.org. He has developed innovative media-based research methodologies, including Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) and Measurement of Youth Media Exposure (MYME). Having served as PI on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and foundations in the United States and Canada, Dr. Rich is currently fielding Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta, following several thousand Canadian children with MYME in a prospective longitudinal study. 

As Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Rich has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers, 40 book chapters and research reports, pediatric practice policies, and testified to the US Congress and other policymakers on his research findings. His research innovation has been honored with awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and he has served as Visiting Professor at medical schools and universities around the globe. 

A strong advocate of applying research findings to clinical care and evaluating the interventions that result, Dr. Rich is the founding director of the Clinic on Interactive Media and Internet Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital (www.cimaid.org), the first evidence-based clinical program designed to address Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) in children, adolescents and young adults, helping them adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Recently written by Michael


Can Kids and Teens Help Each Other Use Media Safely and Wisely?

Dr. Michael Rich suggests that when it comes to media, young people can help each other learn the rules of the road.


Parent Tips: Making Friends with your Children's Media

The Mediatrician on the ways you can develop a friendly and positive relationship with your children's media use.