Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist


Jennifer W. Shewmaker, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology and the executive director of the Adams CeShewmaker Headshotnter for Teaching and Learning at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She is the mother to three daughters and a nationally certified school psychologist who has worked with hundreds of families, children, teachers, and community organizations in her career. She is an advocate for healthy, empowering media for children and presents workshops to children, families, and teachers to help children become active, critical media consumers and creators.

Dr. Shewmaker is the author of the book, Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics and Consumers.

This site focuses on exploring aspects of media and gender. Here you’ll find:

  • posts on issues of sexualization of children and women in the media, media messages about individual value, information and practice based advice on working with children, and information about development of sexuality, romance, and identity
  • Gender and Media Talk podcasts that provide conversations with experts exploring issues of gender and media
  • brief videos that provide crash courses on child development and media literacy

Enjoy exploring this site! You can contact us at  jennifer.w.shewmaker@gmail.com or genderandmediatalk@gmail.com.

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