PAMELA HURST-DELLA PIETRA, PHD
Founder, Chair of the Board, and Director of Strategic Projects
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Public Health, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine
In 2013, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra founded the interdisciplinary Children and Screens institute, utilizing her medical degree, non-profit experience, philanthropic resources, and a long-standing interest in media and children to become one of the leading conveners, curators, grant-makers, and experts in the field of digital media and children’s health.
At Children and Screens, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra launched the “Digital Media and Developing Minds” International Congress, bringing together international researchers and clinicians from top institutions, as well as the “Ask the Experts” public education webinar series, which was granted the “Webby Honors Distinction” by the Webby Awards, “Internet’s highest honor,” according to The New York Times. She developed an NIH-style grants program that awarded more than $750k in pilot funds to interdisciplinary groups, published the landmark “Digital Media and Young Minds” supplement in The Journal of Pediatrics, and launched a Media Impact Screening Toolkit working group, to help identify and assess young patients impacted by media. Through policy briefs and legislative advocacy, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra also championed important federal legislation to address the impact of digital media on children’s health, including the Children and Media Research Act.
Early in her career, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra worked in television production for Sesame Street and other children’s educational programs, and as an executive at an NYC based Public Relations and Advertising agency. Since then, she has devoted her life to the non-profit, medical, and education sectors.
In addition to her current role at Children and Screens, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Public Health, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
Dr. Goroff earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1990, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA in 1994. She held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry at Michigan State University and a Research Corporation postdoctoral fellowship in chemical education at the University of Michigan before starting at Stony Brook in 1997. Dr. Goroff’s research focuses on organic materials, and especially carbon-based conductors and semiconductors. In 2013, she was recognized with the American Chemical Society’s Award for Creative Research and Applications of Iodine Chemistry.
During Dr. Goroff’s tenure at Stony Brook, she has made significant contributions to graduate education, including leading with colleague Kathlyn Parker the Chemistry Department’s efforts in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate and serving on the President’s Five-Year Plan Task Force on Graduate Education. Dr. Goroff served as Graduate Program Director for the Chemistry Department from 2007 to 2012, for which she was recognized with the 2011 Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service. She also served on the University’s Graduate Council from 2011-2013. Dr. Goroff is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Graduate Education Advisory Board and the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and she serves on the Steering Committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
Ms. Glad most recently served as Director of Public-Private Initiatives at the New York City Department of Probation. She has consulted with charitable foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies assisting with strategic planning, organizational and program development, performance evaluation, executive recruitment, meeting coordination, and facilitation since 2005. Formerly a program officer at the Edna McConnell Clark and JEHT foundations, April is a 1986 graduate of Harvard Law School.