The UCLA and Ryerson University Center for Scholars & Storytellers SRCD Conference at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center Friday, February 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.

The agenda for our first think tank, held at UCLA’s Luskin conference Center.

The agenda for our first think tank, held at UCLA’s Luskin conference Center.

Co-Director Kim Wilson (left), Founder and Executive Director Yalda T. Uhls (center), and Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (right) welcome and introduce event topics.

Co-Director Kim Wilson (left), Founder and Executive Director Yalda T. Uhls (center), and Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (right) welcome and introduce event topics.

And the day starts! CEO and President of the Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson (left), President of TriStar Productions Hannah Minghella (center), and Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (right)

And the day starts! CEO and President of the Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson (left), President of TriStar Productions Hannah Minghella (center), and Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (right)

Dr. Rick Weissbourd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education enjoying a moment with (left), Director of Research at the USC Performance Science Institute Benjamin Houltberg (center), and Maggie Chieffo CEO of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls (right)

Dr. Rick Weissbourd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education enjoying a moment with (left), Director of Research at the USC Performance Science Institute Benjamin Houltberg (center), and Maggie Chieffo CEO of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls (right)

YouTube’s Nadine Zylstra (left) and Yalda T. Uhls (right) deep in conversation

YouTube’s Nadine Zylstra (left) and Yalda T. Uhls (right) deep in conversation

Graduate students bonding: Psychology Gerald Higginbotham, M.A. (left) and Lee Lazar (center left) along with TFFT students, Mrittika Sarin (center right) and Matthew Johnson (right)

Graduate students bonding: Psychology Gerald Higginbotham, M.A. (left) and Lee Lazar (center left) along with TFFT students, Mrittika Sarin (center right) and Matthew Johnson (right)

Chair and Professor of Communication Ellen Wartella, Ph.D. (left) Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (right)

Chair and Professor of Communication Ellen Wartella, Ph.D. (left) Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (right)

The days starts with a quick overview from Dr. Uhls

The days starts with a quick overview from Dr. Uhls

President of TriStar Productions Hannah Minghella gives an inspirational and personal talk on why researchers and storytellers can work together.

President of TriStar Productions Hannah Minghella gives an inspirational and personal talk on why researchers and storytellers can work together.

UCLA’s Tiffany N. Brannon, Ph.D.

UCLA’s Tiffany N. Brannon, Ph.D.

Dr. Uhls and Dr Weissbourd (left) reunite with Hannah Minghella (center right) and Jeff Kleeman (right) to talk positive character strengths

Dr. Uhls and Dr Weissbourd (left) reunite with Hannah Minghella (center right) and Jeff Kleeman (right) to talk positive character strengths

Thank you to our funders and supporters

Thank you to our funders and supporters

At CSS’s first think tank held at UCLA, participants worked to share knowledge on how storytelling can support shaping positive character development.

At CSS’s first think tank held at UCLA, participants worked to share knowledge on how storytelling can support shaping positive character development.

Thinktank held at UCLA’s Luskin Conference Center

Thinktank held at UCLA’s Luskin Conference Center

Participants listening to speakers

Participants listening to speakers

Harvard’s Dr Rick Weissbourd encourages the room to consider how mature romantic love is portrayed

Harvard’s Dr Rick Weissbourd encourages the room to consider how mature romantic love is portrayed

Screenwriter Sascha Palladino, Producer Jeff Kleeman, #seeher executive director Patty Kerr, Rutger’s professor Dafna Lemish, Ph.D., screenwriting student Mrittika Sarin and CSS Co-Director Kim Wilson brainstorm over gender roles for boys

Screenwriter Sascha Palladino, Producer Jeff Kleeman, #seeher executive director Patty Kerr, Rutger’s professor Dafna Lemish, Ph.D., screenwriting student Mrittika Sarin and CSS Co-Director Kim Wilson brainstorm over gender roles for boys

Media Researcher Darna Lemish, Ph.D.

Media Researcher Darna Lemish, Ph.D.

Screenwriter, Director, and Professor at UCLA George Huang, CSS Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson, UCLA’s Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families Taylor Dudley, Participant Pictures Lynn Hirshfield and UCLA film student Matthew Johnson at the foster care table.

Screenwriter, Director, and Professor at UCLA George Huang, CSS Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson, UCLA’s Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families Taylor Dudley, Participant Pictures Lynn Hirshfield and UCLA film student Matthew Johnson at the foster care table.

Chief Innovation Officer at Westside Children’s Center Marianne Guilfoyle (left), Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (center left), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (center right), Administrative Director for the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families Taylor Dudley, JD (right)

Chief Innovation Officer at Westside Children’s Center Marianne Guilfoyle (left), Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (center left), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (center right), Administrative Director for the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families Taylor Dudley, JD (right)

Screenwriter, Director, and Professor at UCLA George Huang, MFA Screenwriting student at UCLA Mrittika Sarin, Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at UCLA Louise Dixon De Silva, MA, CPhil, Doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at UCLA Lee Lazar, Independent filmmaker Matthew Johnson, Doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at UCLA Gerald Higginbotham, M.A., Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls

Screenwriter, Director, and Professor at UCLA George Huang, MFA Screenwriting student at UCLA Mrittika Sarin, Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at UCLA Louise Dixon De Silva, MA, CPhil, Doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at UCLA Lee Lazar, Independent filmmaker Matthew Johnson, Doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at UCLA Gerald Higginbotham, M.A., Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls

Feeling like students again

Feeling like students again

Disney Channel’s Vicki Ariyasu,WGA’s Tery Lopez, UCLA Psychology student Gerald Higginbotham, M.A, UCI Professor Candice Odgers, UCLA’s Tiffany N. Brannon, Ph.D. and screenwriter Jim Uhls discuss inclusion and unconscious bias

Disney Channel’s Vicki Ariyasu,WGA’s Tery Lopez, UCLA Psychology student Gerald Higginbotham, M.A, UCI Professor Candice Odgers, UCLA’s Tiffany N. Brannon, Ph.D. and screenwriter Jim Uhls discuss inclusion and unconscious bias

Screenwriter, Director, and UCLA Screenwriting Professor George Huang

Screenwriter, Director, and UCLA Screenwriting Professor George Huang

YouTube’s Nadine Zylstra and Actor, Writer, and Comedian Will Friedle at the mental health table

YouTube’s Nadine Zylstra and Actor, Writer, and Comedian Will Friedle at the mental health table

Screenwriter, Director, and Professor at UCLA George Huang (left), Co-Director of CSS Kim Wilson (center left), Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (center), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (center right), Chief Administrative Officer of CSS Louise Zeitzew (right)

Screenwriter, Director, and Professor at UCLA George Huang (left), Co-Director of CSS Kim Wilson (center left), Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (center), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (center right), Chief Administrative Officer of CSS Louise Zeitzew (right)

Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (left), Project Manager of Special Events for CSS Yusra Farzan (center left), Co-Director of CSS Kim Wilson (center), Chief Administrative Officer of CSS Louise Zeitzew (center right), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (right)

Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (left), Project Manager of Special Events for CSS Yusra Farzan (center left), Co-Director of CSS Kim Wilson (center), Chief Administrative Officer of CSS Louise Zeitzew (center right), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (right)

Chief Administrative Officer of CSS Louise Zeitzew (left), Project Coordinator of CSS Caroline Fung(center left), Co-Director of CSS Kim Wilson (center), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (center right), Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (right)

Chief Administrative Officer of CSS Louise Zeitzew (left), Project Coordinator of CSS Caroline Fung(center left), Co-Director of CSS Kim Wilson (center), Co-Director Colleen Russo Johnson (center right), Founder and Executive Director of CSS Yalda T. Uhls (right)

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