Ronda Scantlin

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Ronda Scantlin
Phone: 937-229-4684


Dr. Ronda Scantlin's interests have focused on understanding how children, adolescents, and families use media in their daily lives and how that use influences child development and family functioning. For instance, she has examined children's media activities (particularly time spent with television and interactive games), the relationship between children's early television viewing and school readiness, the prevalence of cross-media advertising on children's preferences for mature media entertainment, and families' use of the television rating system and V-Chip technology. More recently, she has begun looking at adult sibling bereavement and the search for new meaning, with an interest in discerning what may be important determinants of communication patterns and "healthy" outcomes following sibling death.

Ronda's research has been published in journals such as Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, and Child Development. Her expertise in media effects and children resulted in her being asked to write six entries for the Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media. Since 2004, she has been awarded five research grants at UD, and in 2002 she was awarded the Stanley L. Saxton Applied Research Award presented by The Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research to recognize outstanding applied research.

Faculty Perspective

"My interactions with many of our students are among the most rewarding experiences as a UD professor. I also appreciate the opportunities offered to faculty (e.g., teaching fellows, travel support, LTC programs, technology training) that facilitate improvements and innovation within teaching, research, and service."


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (1999)
  • M.A., University of Kansas (1995)
  • B.A., Bethany College (1992)

Research Interests

  • Mass Media Effects
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Media Policy
  • Family Communication
  • Sibling Relationships/Adult Sibling Bereavement

Selected Publications

Scantlin, R. M. (2008). "Media use across childhood: Access, time and content." In S. L. Calvert & B. J. Wilson (Eds.), The handbook of children, media, and development (pp. 51-73). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Scantlin, R. M. (2007). "Advertising, effects on children." In J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (pp. 26-29). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Scantlin, R. M., & Jordan, A. B. (2006). "Families' experiences with the V-Chip: An exploratory study." Journal of Family Communication, 6, 139-159.

Wright, J. C., Huston, A. C., Murphy, K. C., St. Peters, M., Pinon, M., Scantlin, R. M., & Kotler, J. A. (2001). "The relations of early television viewing to school readiness and vocabulary of children from low-income families: The Early Window Project." Child Development, 72, 1347-1366.

Wright, J. C., Huston, A. C., Vandewater, E., Bickham, D. S., Scantlin, R. M., Kotler, J. A., Caplovitz, A. G., Lee, J., Hofferth, S., & Finkelstein, J. (2001). "American children's use of electronic media in 1997: A national survey." Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 22, 31-47.