Dr. Yalda T. Uhls
is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Scholars & Storytellers. Uhls is an internationally recognized, award-winning research scientist, educator, and author, studying how media affect young people. In her former career, she was a senior movie executive at MGM and Sony. Learn more about Dr. Uhls work here.
serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Center for Scholars & Storytellers. A veteran business executive who had many years in senior positions at Time Warner, Dun & Bradstreet and Z TV, Michael now devotes his talents and leadership skills to initiatives with social impact. Learn more about Michael here.
Dr. Colleen Russo-Johnson
is the Co-Director of CSS. She is a children’s media consultant with an expertise in both traditional media and new technology. Dr. Russo-Johnson completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Vanderbilt University and is now based in Toronto. Learn more about her work here.
is the Co-Director of CSS and has deep expertise as a content creator. She spent 14 years as the head of Children’s Media at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Wilson is passionate about giving back through mentoring, teaching, and her work at CSS. Learn more about Kim here.
is the Chief Administrative Officer of CSS. After a successful career as an attorney with over ten years at the global law firm Latham & Watkins, Louise has spent the last decade in the non-profit and educational sector, working in administration, accounting and fundraising.
interns with CSS and is an undergraduate student at UCLA obtaining his degree in Psychology.
Louise Dixon De Silva, M.A.,
does research with CSS and is now working towards her PhD as a graduate student at UCLA in Clinical Psychology.
is the Webmaster for CSS. She is a recent graduate from UCLA where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
is an intern at CSS who helps us run our Youth Insights Council. She works remotely from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, where she currently studies Psychology and Media Studies
is the senior research coordinator for CSS. She recently received her Master’s degree in Psychology and is now working towards her PhD in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab at Ryerson University.
Andrew J. Sanders, M.A.,
does research with CSS and is now working towards his PhD as a graduate student at UCLA in Developmental Psychology.
is the social media lead for CSS. She is a recent graduate from UCLA, where she completed a double major in Business Economics and Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
is CSS’s attorney. He is a partner at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP and has worked extensively as a lawyer in the motion picture, television and digital media businesses.
is a research assistant for CSS and is an undergraduate student at UCLA obtaining her degree in Psychology.
UCLA Psychology Department
With 45,000 students, UCLA is one the world’s most culturally and ethnically diverse universities. CSS is affiliated with UCLA’s Psychology Department and works with both undergraduate and graduate students. Psychology, the most popular major at UCLA, boasts a ranking of #3 in the country. The department is one of the few that offers mentorships and research experience to underserved students.
Ryerson University is dedicated to creating a culture of action with a strong belief that education and experience go hand-in-hand. Ryerson has 125+ research institutes and labs, with one of the top university incubators in North America. CSS is affiliated with the Faculty of Communications and Design and works out of the Transmedia Zone, an incubator for innovation and creative experimentation in media and storytelling.