Leah Scandurra is a Research Study Coordinator at the Center on Media and Child Health, currently working on a study assessing  how play and media use  affect developmental outcomes in children and another study looking at the effects of media use on emotions and depression in adolescents. Leah holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Global Health Affairs and International Development from the University of Denver. Leah has worked on a number of research projects in both the US and internationally, in Africa and Asia, where her focus has been on the design, implementation and analysis of qualitative research studies. In Cambodia, Leah worked with the organization Grow and Know www.growandknow.org as a field project manager on a participatory action research project. This work lead to the publication of a health resource book about puberty and body changes for adolescents, which has been endorsed by the Cambodian Ministry of Education. In Africa, Leah worked on several research projects assessing the effects of media and communication on mosquito bed net usage for malaria prevention and has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications from this work. Leah’s interests are in the influence of media and communication on health behaviors in children and youth. Leah loves to be adventurous and has lived in Cambodia, Kenya, and South Korea as well as traveling to over 30 countries.