Jennifer Kotler, PH.D., Vice President of Research & Evaluation, Sesame Workshop


As Vice President of Domestic Research, Dr. Kotler is responsible for developing, executing, and analyzing research studies designed to assess children’s liking of and learning from Sesame Workshop productions. She also develops and executes studies designed to address major developmental questions that could inform the creation of educational material for children.

Jennifer has been studying the influences of media on children for the past twelve years. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Texas at Austin where she spent her time as a researcher at the Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children. She subsequently received post-doctoral training at Georgetown University where she coordinated the Children and Media Project, which assessed children’s learning from educational television. She has co-authored articles and chapters in developmental and communication journals and books.

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