Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf
480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC
September 20 - September 23, 2023

Meet The Speakers

Lauren Hale, PhD

Professor of Family, Population, and Preventative Medicine -
tony Brook University School of Medicine,
Founding Editor-in-Chief - 
Sleep Health

Lauren Hale, PhD - Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine; Core Faculty, Program in Public Health; Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University) studies the social patterning of sleep health and how it contributes to inequalities in health and well-being with current or previous funding from NICHD, NIDDK, NHLBI, and NIA in addition to private funding. Dr. Hale has over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Hale serves on the Board of Directors (recently as Chair) of the National Sleep Foundation and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sleep Health.  She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Pajama Program and the Children and Screens Institute. |
Jennifer Harris, PhD, MBA

Senior Research Advisor -
Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health,
University of Connecticut

Dr. Jennifer Harris is Senior Research Advisor at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at University of Connecticut and a consultant specializing in research on marketing and public health. Dr. Harris’ research examines the extent and content of food-related marketing and its impact on health behaviors, attitudes and motivations, with a focus on children, adolescents and parents. Her multi-disciplinary approach incorporates methods from experimental psychology, marketing, communications, public health, nutrition and economics. Dr. Harris received her B.A. from Northwestern University and M.B.A. in Marketing from The Wharton School. Before returning to graduate school, she was a business executive and consultant in consumer marketing for eighteen years. Dr. Harris completed her PhD in Social Psychology at Yale University. Dr. Harris’ research has been instrumental in raising awareness of the harmful effects of unhealthy food marketing on children’s health. Her current research examines emerging issues in food marketing to youth and their parents, including targeted marketing to Black and Hispanic youth, digital marketing aimed at adolescents, and marketing of nutritionally poor baby and toddler food and drinks. |
Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience - Albert E. Kent,
Director - Division of Addictions Research at Yale,
Director - Yale Center of Excellence in Gambling Research,
Director - Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders,
Director - Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale,
Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with subspecialty training in addiction psychiatry. Currently, he is an Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the Yale Division of Addictions Research, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women’s Health Research at Yale and the Yale Research Program on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders. He is on the editorial boards of over fifteen journals (including editor-in-chief of Current Addiction Reports) and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. He has consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Effective Programs, National Institutes of Health, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization (WHO) on matters of addiction. He has participated in two DSM-5 research work groups and six annual WHO meetings relating to Internet use and addictive behaviors in the ICD-11, addressing topics relating to gambling, gaming, impulse control, and addiction. |
Mitch Prinstein, PhD, ABPP

Chief Science Officer -
American Psychological Association

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP is the Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association, and at the at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Co-Director of the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development.  For over 25 years, and with continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, Mitch’s research has examined interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of on- and off-line peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury.  At APA, Mitch is responsible for leading the association’s science agenda and advocating for the application of psychological research and knowledge in settings including academia, government, industry, and the law.  Prior to APA and UNC, Mitch served as the Director of Clinical Psychology at Yale University.  He is a board-certified clinical psychologist and scientist who has been studying child and adolescent mental health for over 25 years, publishing over 200 scientific manuscripts and 12 books.  He is regularly featured as an expert in psychological science in consultation to government agencies and non-profit associations, as a witness testifying before the US Senate, in two TedX talks, and within hundreds of media appearances around the world in outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, the Times (UK), and CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC. |
Paul Weigle, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and
Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Services -
Natchaug Hospital,
Chair of the Media Committee -
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Paul Weigle, M.D. is associate medical director of outpatient services at Natchaug Hospital of Hartford Healthcare and assistant professor of psychiatry at UConn School of Medicine and Quinnipiac School of Medicine.  He serves on the National Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and serves as co-chair of the AACAP’s Media Committee.  For 20 years he has taught and written on the effects of computer habits on the mental health of youth. He lives in Mystic, Connecticut with his wife and 2 teenaged children. |