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Barbara R. Fowles

Barbara R. Fowles

Chair, Media Arts DepartmentProfessor of Electronic Media

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia UniversityM.A., Ph.D, Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University


Before coming to Long Island University, Barbara Fowles earned a degree in developmental psycholinguistics and spent 10 years at Children’s Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop), heading research for the educational program “The Electric Company.” She also taught at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, Yeshiva University and Stony Brook University before coming to C.W. Post. In addition, she earned advanced certification in child psychotherapy from the Advanced Institute for Analytic Psychotherapy in New York and is a New York State-certified clinical psychologist, specializing in children and adolescents. She has served as a consultant to several productions of television programs for children, nationally and internationally, to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Planning Committee on educational technology and to the FTC on children’s advertising. Her research has focused on children’s cognitive development in relationship to both print and electronic media. Since coming to C.W. Post, she has taught courses in children’s television, media ethics, media and culture, internet culture and related topics.


Children’s Television, Media Ethics, the Social Impact of Mass Media, Interactive Media, Media and Literacy, Language and Logic in News Reporting, Advertising to Children


  • Author, “Profit Motive and Public Interest: Colliding forces in broadcast news,” published in "Styles, Structures and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing" (2005)
  • Author, "Developmentally appropriate alternatives to violence in television," paper presented at conference on Violence in the Media at St. John’s University (1994)
  • Co-author, "The effects of sentence reversibility on young children’s comprehension of active and passive sentences” delivered at the Eastern Psychological Association Convention
  • Author, “Children’s Television Workshop: A Positive Instance,” paper presented at the Conference on Psychological Research and Public Policy: The Case of Children’s Television, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Co-author, "The impact of television on early childhood,” presented at the 20th International Congress for Psychology
  • Author, “Learning to love reading: Interviews with older children and teens.," published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
  • Co-author, "What readers do: Young children’s ideas about the nature of reading," published in The Reading Teacher (1997)
  • Co-author, "Why Ernie Can’t Read: Sesame Street and Literacy," published in The Reading Teacher (1996), reprinted in The Education Digest (1997)
  • Author, “A Child and his Television Set: What is the nature of the Relationship?” published in "Television and Education" (1980)
  • Author, “The Teaching Face: Current Emphasis," published in "Children and the Faces of Television" (1980)
  • Co-author, “Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Reading,” published in "Toward a Literate Society" (1975)
  • Co-author, “Piaget meets Big Bird: Is Television an Effective Teacher?” published in Urban Review (1974)
  • Co-author, “Language Tests and the Disadvantaged Reader,” published in Reading World (1972)


  • Invited Participant, International Radio and Television Society Industry/Faculty Seminar
  • Recipient, Broadcast Education Association Research Grant Award
  • Recipient, three Faculty Research Grants
  • Recipient, TLI Instructional Grant Award


  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Broadcast Education Association, Writing Division
  • New York State-Certified Clinical Psychologist
  • Professional Advisory Board Member, Center for Parents and Children