Center For Scholars and Storytellers

Recent News Articles Featuring Center for Scholars and Storytellers


We are honored to be part of Barbie’s amazing Dream gap initiative. Read more about our work and the initiative here featured in Business Wire.

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We are honored to have our work featured in UCLA Magazine about our work in how entertainment media can highlight issues surrounding foster care in collaboration with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Yalda T. Uhls, was featured in AP News speaking about HBO’s new series “Euphoria”.


Our Co-Director, Kim Wilson, was featured in Britannica Digital speaking about media literacy.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Yalda T. Uhls, was featured in USA Today speaking about YOLO, a new anonymous app.

We are honored to have received the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) grant from University of Wisconsin’s Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT).

Article about actionable insights by Dr. Yalda T. Uhls speaking to delegates at the #SeeHer 2019 Creative and Media Leadership Summit in New York

CSS Co-Director Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson was featured in the Globe and Mail talking about a research report she co-wrote on the Landscape of Children's TV. Read the full report here.


CSS collaborator Rebecca Hains wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post.


Our Founder and Director, Yalda T. Uhls, was featured in The Washington Post.

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Dr. Yalda T. Uhls was a guest on 89.3 KPCC’s AirTalk.


We are honored to have received the UCLA Pritzker Center Seed Grant.

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Dr. Yalda T. Uhls was quoted in The Washington Post.


CSS Collaborators, Dr. Golinkoff and Dr. Hirsh-Pasek, were mentioned in KQED.

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Co-Director Kim Wilson recently spoke about Media Literacy in Istanbul, Turkey at the TRT International Children’s Media Conference.


Dr. Yalda T. Uhls wrote an opinion piece for CNN.

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CSS Collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, was quoted in Atlantic.

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Dr. Yalda T. Uhls took part in a panel on unconscious bias at BU Envisions the Future last month at Paramount Pictures Studios.


We are working on a new TV show called Ink with Paramount TV, with Dana Fox and Dara Resnick as showrunners, Jon M. Chu directing and Anonymous Content as EPs.


We are honored to have received Grants from the Society for Research in Child Development and the John Templeton Foundation.

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Dr. Yalda T. Uhls gave a keynote talk at the Disney Channels Television Group Diversity and Inclusion event.


Dr. Yalda T. Uhls and Co-Director Wilson on Mattel’s new Dream Gap Initiative.


Dr. Yalda T. Uhls was quoted in NBC News.


Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson was quoted in The Atlantic.

Nafki Challenge

We were extremely honored to have made it to the final round of the esteemed National Academy of Science’s Nakfi Challenge. They began with 80 proposals. Our proposal went through 2 rounds to end up in the final 8.  While we didn’t up getting chosen, we were honored that our proposal was deemed strong enough to make it to the final selection committee (the Presidents of the 3 Academies).


On 9/22 Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Dr. Yalda T. Uhls moderated a panel at the WGA called The Streaming Age: Creating Content that Resonates with Tweens and Teens.

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Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson was quoted in Wired UK.


Dr. Yalda T. Uhls has recently spoken in the following places about Adolescents and Social Media Washington Post Live in DC, Hope for Depression in NYC, and Child Mind Luncheon in LA.