Members

Working together to advance science of digital media and children, our members represent fields from pediatrics, child psychiatry, child psychology, neuroscience, communciations, public health, education, to neuroscience and are dedicated to providing greater insight into how to promote a better internet for children.

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Joan Almon

Joan Almon

Joan co-founded the Alliance for Childhood in 1999 and served as its director until 2012 when she partially retired and became its director of programs. In the Alliance she brought together educators and health professionals who were deeply concerned about the growing stress and strain in children’s lives and worked collaboratively to strengthen childhood for all children.

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David Bickham

David Bickham

David Bickham, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Human Ecology from the University of Texas and his undergraduate degree from Haverford College. He completed his post-doctoral training at the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) and is now an instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Research Scientist at CMCH. Dr. Bickham is a health communication researcher with a specific focus on children and media.

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Dr. Michael Brody

Dr. Michael Brody

Dr Michael Brody is a Board Certified practicing adult and child psychiatrist. He is Chair of the Media Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. He had been one of the key advocates in the creation of Children’s TV Ratings, and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act).

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Jeff Chester, MSW

Jeff Chester, MSW

Jeff Chester is Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), a Washington, DC nonprofit. CDD is one of the leading NGOs advocating for consumers on digital privacy and consumer protection issues. Founded in 1991, CDD (then known as the Center for Media Education) led the campaign for the enactment of the Children’s Online...

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David Cloud

David Cloud

David Cloud is the CEO of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the leading voice for sleep health and safety.

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Eileen Espejo

Eileen Espejo

Ms. Espejo oversees media and oral health policy education and outreach efforts. She co-chairs the Children’s Media Policy Coalition, a group of national organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Psychological Association that educate and inform policymakers and the public about pressing children’s media issues such as interactive advertising and educational/informational programming.

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Rick Fernandes

Rick Fernandes

As Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center, Rick Fernandes is responsible for strategic partnerships, program development, and outreach and communications. He has been involved in children’s television for 30 years where he has worked on shows including Blue’s Room, Between the Lions, Out of the Box, Bear in the Big Blue House, and Reading Rainbow.

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David Finkelhor, Ph.D

David Finkelhor, Ph.D.

David Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

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Adrianne Furniss

Adrianne Furniss

Adrianne Benton Furniss is Executive Director and Trustee at the Benton Foundation in Washington DC and Evanston IL, whose mission is to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy.

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David Hill, MD, FAAP

David Hill, MD, FAAP

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP is the chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media, a member of the AAP Children, Adolescents, and Media Leadership Working Group, and a scientific advisory board member of the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development as well as a board member of the North Carolina Pediatric Society.

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Sameer Hindijua, Ph.D.

Sameer Hindijua, Ph.D.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people.

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Justin Patchin, Ph.D.

Justin Patchin, Ph.D.

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.

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Tessa Jolls

Tessa Jolls

Tessa Jolls is President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy, a position she has held since 1999. During that time, she restructured CML to focus, grow and change, preparing to meet the demand for an expanded vision of literacy for the 21st Century.

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Harold Koplewicz, MD

Harold Koplewicz, MD

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is the founding president of the Child Mind Institute. One of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists, he is known as an innovator in the field, a strong advocate for child mental health and a master clinician.

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David Anderson PhD

David Anderson PhD

David Anderson, PhD, is senior director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Anderson specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with ADHD and behavior disorders, and he also has broad experience with anxiety and mood disorders.

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Amanda Lenhart

Amanda Lenhart

Amanda Lenhart is a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute, where she leads a one-year project – funded by the Digital Trust Foundation – examining the prevalence of cyberstalking and digital domestic abuse in the United States.

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Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W.

Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W.

Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W.-C is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in early childhood development and parenting. Claire has been a practicing clinician for over 27 years, providing child development and parenting consultation to families with young children.

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Michael Levine, Ph.D.

Michael Levine, Ph.D.

Dr. Levine oversees the Cooney Center’s efforts to catalyze and support research, innovation, and investment in educational media technologies for young children.

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Patti Miller, M.A.

Patti Miller, M.A.

Patti Miller is the director of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century.

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Michael Robb, Ph.D.

Michael Robb, Ph.D.

Michael Robb is director of research at Common Sense, overseeing our research program, evaluation of organization impact, and program development research. Michael has been involved in issues involving media and children for over 15 years.

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Stephen Uzzo, Ph.D.

Stephen Uzzo, Ph.D.

Dr. Uzzo does research and development of public programs and experiences on complex science; as well as development and instruction for pre-service teacher education and certification graduate programs.

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Elizabeth Woolley

Elizabeth Woolley

On-Line Gamers Anonymous is a self-help fellowship. We share our experience, strengths and hope to assist in recovery from the problems caused by excessive game playing and game addiction, whether it be computer, video, console, or on-line. Our community includes recovering gamers, family members, loved ones, friends, and concerned others.

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Michael Donlin

Michael Donlin

Mike Donlin is currently the Program Supervisor for the School Safety Center of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, WA.

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Samantha Graff, JD

Samantha Graff, JD

Samantha is a Harvard- and Yale-trained public interest lawyer who will guide our translation of research into effective policy recommendations. Samantha has helped shape local, state, and federal policies to combat tobacco marketing, junk food advertising to children, unhealthful school and neighborhood environments, and online privacy threats.

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