"Dr. Dale Kunkel is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. He is a former Congressional Science Fellow, and has testified as an expert witness at more than 20 hearings before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. Dr. Kunkel has studied children and media issues for more than 25 years. His research has examined such topics as children’s educational programming, media and sexual socialization, the effects of televised violence, and most recently the issue of food marketing to children and its contribution to childhood obesity. Dr. Kunkel has served on the National Academy of Sciences committee reporting on the issue of food marketing to children and its contribution to childhood obesity.
Over his career, he has received research grants totaling more than $5 million from a diverse range of sources, including government agencies, industry, and public health philanthropy groups such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He was recently named a Fellow of the Morris Udall Center for Public Policy Studies, and also received the International Communication Association’s Career Award for Outstanding Public Policy Research". - UA Department of Nutritional Sciences & College of Agriculture and Life Sciences