Who is the Center for Scholars & Storytellers?
We were founded in late 2018 by Dr. Yalda T. Uhls, a former film executive who received a PhD in developmental psychology from UCLA and is a former movie executive from MGM and Sony. The team’s expertise includes several PhDs and over 50 years of collective entertainment and media experience. We pride ourselves in our understanding of the language, culture, and business models of both industry and academe.
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.