Meet the Team

Our Founder


Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra is the President of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, an international, interdisciplinary, nonprofit organization that she founded in 2013 to support and advance objective, high-quality scientific research, identify and nurture talent, educate and inform the public and provide policy makers with actionable information. Using her medical degree, non-profit experience, philanthropic resources and a long-standing interest in media and children, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra has become one of the field’s leading conveners, curators, and grant-makers.

A Long Island-based philanthropist along with her husband Stephen, a few recent projects include endowing a chair in biomedical imaging at Stony Brook Medicine, starting the Della Pietra Lecture Series at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, which brings the best and brightest minds of our time in science and math to high school and college students on Long Island and developing a weekend enrichment program for gifted high school students in math and science. Pamela also developed the Mount Career Laboratory, a series of hands-on career workshops, which helped that school earn New York State’s Blue Ribbon of Excellence. She served on the President’s task force of the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and has also worked as the founding director of several highly successful non-profit organizations and programs. Early in her career, Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra worked in television production for children’s educational programs such as Sesame Street. In addition to being the Founder and President of Children and Screens, she is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Public Health Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.



Our Past Interns

Academy of Art University
Michelle Guo

Baylor University
Kristen Ogarrio

Boston University
Emily Rivera

Brown University
Angelo Giannopoulos
Ruth Schlenker

California Baptist University
Susannah Metzler

California State University, Fullerton
Jasmine Matsumoto

California State University, Northridge
Avery Clark
Erika De La Rosa

Case Western Reserve University
Tina Fong

Central Michigan University
John Caufield

Columbia University
Angelo Coelho
Mara Danoff, Teacher’s College
Jennifer Lee, Teacher’s College
Cindy Setiadi, Teacher’s College
Hailey Wetherill

Cornell University
Catherine Cai
Chelsea Chen
Angela Constantine
Jin Shang
Nicole Werner

CUNY Baruch College
Sven Larsen, Macaulay Honors College
Daniella Rodriguez, Macaulay Honors College
Aja Tarrao

Davidson College
Sarah Suttner

DePaul University
Pushty Shah

Dickinson College
Lindsay Kuracina

Duke University
Alisa Adhikari
Daniel Sul

Emory University
Tanisha Ghosh

Fashion Institute of Technology
Whitney Chen
Sandra Mustopa

Fielding Graduate University
Margaret Sargent

Florida State University
Christina Carassas

Georgetown University
Christine Kim

Georgia Institute of Technology
Gracelyn Nguyen

Hofstra University
Meghan Fawcett

Hunter College, City University of New York
Srimayee Dam

Indiana University
Sophie Marx

James Madison University
Tanner Sykhammountry

Johns Hopkins University
Grace Kirtland

King’s College
Annabelle Ford

Liberty University
Soogeun Jang

Mount Holyoke College
Elizabeth Agbedun

New York University
Remy Badge
Kainaz Patravalar
Sanjana Shah
Nancy Zamora
Jenny Zheng

Northeastern University
Jayna Kurlender
Ecom Lu

Oakland University Honors College
Tyler Dixon

Princeton University
Colton Wang

Purdue University
Qiyan Ba
Erik Josson

Rochester Institute of Technology
Juliann Thang

Rutgers University
Nithila Arunkuma
rMeryem Carikci
Manasa Dornala
Christopher Kwok
Antoinette Pauwells
Sophie Sklar
Laura Vorbach

Salisbury University
Erich Ammann

San Diego State University
Jessie Siu

San Jose State University
Aarti Patel
Kem Awosanya

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Qixuan Mai

Seattle Pacific University
Ken Kok

St. John's University
Maura Warren

Stockton University
Amanda Maurer

Stony Brook University
Joy Trehan
Victoria Davis

SUNY New Paltz
Jack Healy

The New School
Ananya Shrivastava

The Ohio State University
Ann Lee

The Open University
Katelyn Owens

The Pennsylvania State University
Nyla Holland
Anabelle Furry
Cameron Kelly

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Allie Hayhurst

The University of Texas at Austin
Shereena Mathew

Tufts University
Josephine Omoyugbo

Union College
Audrey Palmeri

University of California, Irvine
Andre Abad

University of California, Los Angeles
Hung-Yi Chen
Andrew Martinez

University of California, San Diego
Laylani Cedano

University of California, Santa Cruz
Anisha Dalavai

University of Chicago
Madeleine Oswald

University of Glasgow
Avantika Bhardwaj

University of Houston
Lara Babalola

University of Michigan
Grace Chein
Payton Moore
Ruowen Wang

University of Michigan–Dearborn
Olivia Nalon

University of Missouri
Evanna Momtaj

University of Northern Iowa
Kwan Williams

University of Notre Dame
Olivia Hsin
Sana Khan

University of Pennsylvania
Jillian Castoro
Haoyan Lin

University of Pittsburgh
Annie Kane

University of Rochester
Rohat Chari

University of San Francisco
Amy Haskour

University of Southern California
Lois Angelo
Julie Bernard
Jialing Gu
Gregory Koh
Ava Montana

University of Virginia
Daulton Roach

University of Washington
Sofia Anderson
Joseph Dyer
Aditya Gunawan
Daniela Wolfert

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sofia Reverendo

Villa Maria College
George Jacobs

Virginia Tech
Devika Shukla

Wellesley College
Mia Kriksciun

From Our Past Interns

“This opportunity has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to learn more about the effects of digital media on children and adolescents and different aspects of research that goes into this field. This semester I was able to establish critical skills that I will take as I move forward in my career.”

John C., Spring 2021 Research Intern

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen by you and the team at Children and Screens to be a part of the marketing intern group this past spring. I have had a wonderful experience in promoting the Institute's four-fold mission and contributing to the important work you all do.”

Gracelyn N., Spring 2021 Marketing Intern

“I have gained valuable insight into a variety of industries and positions over the past 12 weeks. I can confidently say that the knowledge and unwavering support I received has allowed me to grow and evolve more than I could have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to join a passionate team within a company I truly admire.”

Erich A., Spring 2021 Ambassador Program Intern

“I loved getting the opportunity to work with Children and Screens on all the great work you do. I really appreciate how my work and opinions were valued here.”


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