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Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: psychologist
Northern, New Jersey
As a mother of three, a psychologist and a former researcher I'm committed to detangling, decoding, debunking or otherwise translating and reviewing the latest scientific discoveries about children's health and well-being - and take a special interest in calling out the... Full Bio
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Landmark Peanut Allergy Study: The media is not impressed by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Ground-breaking studies are rare. This is one of them. The first randomized trial of peanut consumption in infants at risk for peanut allergies (eczema, egg allergies). A st ... Read on »
If Only Reading Online Comments Were Just Mindless Entertainment by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting By now it's no surprise that people don't base their opinions of public health recommendations only on health information alone. That would be boring. Very boring. We know f ... Read on »
Media, Measles and Seeds of Doubt? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The media is gorging on the measles outbreak. Well it’s about time the media took measles seriously. I should be thankful after almost 15 years of bemoaning the media’s le ... Read on »
Autism Study Speaks: And the findings aren't even the most curious part by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Siblings with autism don't share the same genetic variations according to a new study in Nature Medicine. When researchers looked at about 100 genetic mutations associated w ... Read on »
Measles at The Magic Kingdom: Not Magic At All by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Measles at Disneyland? How did this happen? Shocked. In California? It's not exactly magical how measles ended up at The Magic Kingdom. It's not magic at all but a num ... Read on »
Teen Tanning: Do Only Pretty Girls Get Skin Cancer? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Children's health and well-being made it to the front page of The New York Times! Parents rejoice!  Warning: That Tan Could Be Dangerous. Above the fold, front and center in ... Read on »
Best Parenting Books of 2014: Not Necessarily In The Parenting Aisle by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Ah, the best parenting books of the year. Anyone can find those on Amazon in two seconds. I'll spare you those important works. Instead what you'll find on the annual Momma ... Read on »
The iPhone Effect: Read, Weep and Wrap That Smart Device by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Happy holidays from The Momma Data Institute Center for Distressing Social Media Research. Stop filling your Amazon shopping cart and texting your belated apologie ... Read on »
Why the White House Wants You To Study Abroad by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Last week the White House invited 100 travel bloggers and digital media professionals to a summit promoting study abroad. The National Security Council hosted the event, kno ... Read on »
Future of Journalism: Calling All Under-employed, Over-educated Academics by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Twenty-first century journalism needs to shape up. It's no surprise to anyone at Momma Data that the news hasn't been behaving well lately. No less than Harvard's Shorenstei ... Read on »
Hey! Experts! Leave Those Parents Alone! by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Today’s thoughts on experts and expertise come from Madeleine Morris, BBC journalist, author of Guilt-freeBottle Feeding and friend of Momma Data. A few weeks ago I had ... Read on »
The White House Wants You To Study Abroad: #StudyAbroadBecause by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The White House called me to duty recently, a surreal fantasy for any girl who misses West Wing and wonders why there aren't more books or movies like All The Presi ... Read on »
Best Parenting Books of 2013 Revisited by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting What are the best parenting books of 2014? I'm gathering my scattered books about the house and will post my picks at the end of the month. In the meantime, I'm re-running m ... Read on »
#Giving Tuesday: The National Day To Give Back (Even for Grinches) by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Whether you love the holidays or just hang in and try to make the best of it, I have good news for you. #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a day that should ... Read on »
Guilt-free Bottle Feeding: Expert Interview with Madeleine Morris by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Today I'm excited to introduce Madeleine Morris, author of the recently published Guilt-free Bottle Feeding  who will grace us with her insights and honesty on infant feed ... Read on »
Apply To Be An Expert Today, Please! by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting SheKnows, the giant digital media company has gobbled up BlogHer, the giant women’s blogging community in hopes of luring more female visitors, more brands and more advert ... Read on »
Breast Milk Speaks: Science Writer Carl Zimmer Listens by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting You know breastfeeding is sacred and beyond the lens of scientific objectivity when one of our most respected science writers doesn't seriously critique a study purport ... Read on »
Why Science is Better Than Love and Sex by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Science news amuses me more than the Daily Mail, the Daily Beast, Babble, Jezebel, CafeMom, Gawker and Huffington Post combined, even including HuffPo’s Love & Sex with its ... Read on »
WANTED: Parenting Coach. No Ph.D., Experience or Planning Required by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So long psychology. Psychologists are so out, psychiatrists too. No one wants to bother with mental health professionals. The stigma, the time-consuming assessments, the sex ... Read on »