Psychologist Visits with Senate Office in Push for Healthy Media Legislation

Chelsea Chaney (left), Office of Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Rhonda Lewis, PhDOn, February 9, psychologist Rhonda Lewis, PhD, urged staff in the Office of Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to support reintroduction of the Healthy Media for Youth Act (S. 3852/H.R. 4925). Introduced in the 111th Congress by Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the legislation would authorize:

  • media literacy and youth empowerment programs; 

  • research on the effects of media on both girls and boys; and 

  • a task force that would create voluntary guidelines for the media on how they portray women and girls.

Dr. Lewis discussed the successful Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration youth empowerment programs that she facilitates in Wichita, KS, which could serve as models for future empowerment programs on healthy media images. Dr. Lewis visited Capitol Hill as a part of the Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology) Advocacy Day.