Natascha Crandall, Ph.D.
Children’s Media Educational Consultant
President, Crandall Consulting, LLC
Dr. Natascha Crandall is a psychologist and educator with a special interest in enhancing children’s growth and development through research and the power of media. She is the founder of Crandall Consulting, LLC.
Natascha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and continued her studies in Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Maryland. After obtaining her Masters degree, Natascha worked as an Addictions Therapist for young mothers in economically depressed areas near Washington, DC. She then chose to further her education and received her Doctorate in School Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and earned a “Dissertation of Distinction” award for her research and writing skills. It was there that she discovered the power of furthering creative development by gathering information from young children; and thus, her love of educating children through media began.
Natascha has extensive experience in curriculum development, script review, diversity consultation, and formative research for apps and leading shows including: Scholastic’s Clifford the Big Red Dog, Universal Kids’, Driftwood Bay, The Floogals, Netflix’s Monkey with a Toolbelt, Gabby’s Dollhouse, Nickelodeon’s Sunny Day, Peter Rabbit, Zack and Quack, Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets, DreamWorks Animation’s Noddy, CBeebies’ Bing Bunny, The Octonauts, Sesame Tree, YouTube’s Mother Goose Club, Mac & Izzy, DHX Media’s Space Ranger Roger, Bob the Builder, HiT Entertainment’s Wellie Wishers, Hulu’s WildWoods, Disney Junior’s Claude, and many Sesame Workshop international co-productions.
Natascha is also an “expert reviewer” for Common Sense Media and has been participating as an Emmy Award Judge for children and preschool shows for the past few years. She also teaches a summer course at Barnard College which focuses on children’s media (of course!). Lastly, she participates as the member of the Board of Education in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, is a member of the Board of Advisors for the GoldieBlox company, is a Board Advisor for Common Sense Media, and is the Board of Directors Vice-President for the Prompt Institute, an organization whose focus is to help children with speech disorders enhance their oral language skills.
Although Natascha would say that she is a New Yorker at heart, the truth is that she resides in New Jersey with her tech savvy husband, two media loving children, one bad-natured cat, and a psychotic puppy. She also embraces the roles of being a Girl Scout Troop Leader as well as a Girls Lacrosse Coach.