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Dina L.G. Borzekowski, PhD
Research Professor
SPH 2364


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NIH, NHLBI, AHA, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University, School of Medicine
  • Ed. D., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
  • Ed. M., Interactive Technology in Education, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
  • M.S., Communications, Computing, and Technology in Education, Columbia University, Teachers College
  • B.S., Biology, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Courses Taught

HLTH 300: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice

Research Focus

Dina L.G. Borzekowski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of children, media, and health. In July 2013, Dr. Borzekowski joined the faculty at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland - as a full Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Borzekowski had been at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2001. Dr. Borzekowski’s domestic and international research involves studying how youth come to use media and how media has an impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Some of her most fun and meaningful work has been with Sesame Workshop, developing and evaluating international health communication interventions for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Selected Publications (within last 10 years)

Borzekowski, Dina L.G., Cohen, Joanna E. (2013). The global reach of tobacco marketing among young children. Pediatrics, 132; e825. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/132/4/e825.full.pdf+html.

Borzekowski, Dina L.G., McCarthy, Cathy, Rosenfeld, Walter D. (2012).  Ten years of TeenHealthFX.com: A case study of an adolescent health website. Pediatric Clinics of North America: Adolescents and Media. 59(3), 717-727. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pcl.2012.03.018.

Borzekowski, D.L.G., Henry, H.K.M.  (2011). The impact of Jalan Sesama on the educational and healthy development of Indonesian preschool children: An experimental study.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35, 169 - 179. http://jbd.sagepub.com/content/35/2/169.full.pdf+html.

Borzekowski, D.L.G., Macha, J. (2010).  The impact of Kilimani Sesame on the healthy development of Tanzanian preschool children.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 298-305. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0193397310000584.

Borzekowski, D.L.G., Schenk, S., Wilson, J.L., Peebles, R. (2010). e-Ana and e-Mia: A content analysis of pro-ED websites. The American Journal of Public Health, 100, 1526-1534. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2009.172700.

Borzekowski, Dina L.G.  (2009). Considering Children and Health Literacy: A Theoretical Approach. Pediatrics, 124, S282-S288.  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/Supplement_3/S282.full.pdf.

Robinson, Thomas N., Borzekowski, Dina L.G., Matheson, Donna M., Kraemer, Helena C. (2007). Effects of fast food branding on young children’s taste preferences.  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161(8): 792-797. http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=570933.

Borzekowski, Dina L.G., Robinson, Thomas N.  (2005). The remote, the mouse, and the #2 pencil: Media and academic achievement among 3rd grade students. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 159: 607-613. http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=486061

Borzekowski, Dina L.G., Rickert, V.I.  (2001). Adolescent cybersurfing for health information: A new resource that crosses barriers.  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 155, 813-817. http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=190805.

Borzekowski, Dina L.G., Robinson, Thomas N.  (2001). The 30-second effect: An experiment revealing the impact of television commercials on food preferences of preschoolers.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 101: 42-46. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002822301000128

Career Highlights

  • 2012 Society for Adolescent Medicine/Iris F. Litt Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Health Research, awarded March 2011. Teaching Assignment: University of Otago, New Zealand, June 2012.
  • Johns Hopkins Advising, Mentoring, & Teaching Recognition Award, May 2005.


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