Patricia Greenfield Ph.D., Director

Patricia Greenfield received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA.  She directs the Children’s Media Center, Los Angeles, and is the founding director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development.  Her central theoretical and research interest is in the relationship between culture and human development.  A major aspect of modern culture is the world of digital media and at Children’s Digital Media Center she leads a team that has studied the developmental implications of new media from chat to video games to social networking sites.  Her 1984 book, Mind and Media: The Effects of Television, Video Games and Computers was published in ten languages.  Her 1996 book, interacting with Video, co-edited with Rodney Cocking, was the first to explore the cognitive effects of video games.  She is a past recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Behavioral Science Research and the 2010 recipient of the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society.  She has recieved teaching awards from UCLA and the American PSychological Association. 

Email: greenfield@psych.ucla.edu

Kaveri Subramanyam Ph.D, Associate Director

Kaveri Subrahmanyam is a Professor of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles, Director of the Media and Language Lab at Cal State LA and the Associate Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, UCLA/CSUCLA.  She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA in 1993.  She studies youth and digital media and uses developmental theory to understand their interactions with these new media forms.  She has examined a variety lof digital media including computer/video games and Internet communication forms such as chat rooms, blogs, as well as the social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, and virtual world, Second Life.  She has published extensively on this topic and is working on a book on adolescents and electronic media, on contract with Spinger.   Email: ksubrah@calstatela.edu


Shu-Sha Angie Guan M.A.

Shu-Sha Angie Guan is a doctoral student in developmental psychology at UCLA.  She is interested in both online experiences and immigrant experiences.  She is interested in how these cultural contexts affect children and young adults developmentally.  She is currently collaborating on a project examining relationship formation among emerging adults in the virtual world of Second Life.  She earned  her B.A. in psychology from UCB and is a Culture, Brain and Development (CBD) trainee. 

Email: angelatasp@gmail.com

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Adriana Manago

Adriana Manago received her Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology and a certificate in Culture, Brain, and Development from UCLA in 2011. Dr. Manago is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA and Senior Researcher at Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles. She studies development in a variety of cultural contexts, including the online cultural context of social networking sites.  She has examined how adolescents engage in romantic partnering and gendered self-presentations online and how the nature of peer interactions on social networking sites impact adolescents’ self constructions.  She is the recipient of the Millard Madsen Distinguished Dissertatin Award in Developmental Psychology. She earned her B.A. in journalism at West Virginia University and her M.A. in experimental psychology at San Jose State University.

Email: adriana.manago@wwu.edu

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Yalda T. Uhls M.A.

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, Ph.D is a senior researcher at the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA, UCLA campus, as well as the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, a national non-profit that helps children, families and educators navigate the digital world. Yalda’s research focuses on how older and newer media impacts the social behavior of preadolescents.  In addition to her peer-reviewed published research Dr. Uhls writes for non-academic audiences in outlets such as HuffPost, UCLA’s Psychology inAction and her own blog, ParentingIntheDigitalAge. Awards include UCLA’s Psychology in Action Award, for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia, the UCLA Graduate Student Service Award, and the Millard Madsen Distinguished Dissertation in Developmental Psychology Award.  Prior to her academic career, Yalda spent over fifteen years as an senior entertainment executive and producer. Notable positions include Senior VP at MGM as well as consultant to Google, Santa Monica.

Email: yaldatuhls@gmail.com

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David Smahel Ph.D.

David Smahel is associate professor at the Institute for Research of Children, Youth and Family, Faculty of Social Studies (www.fss.muni.cz) within Masaryk University (the Czech Republic).  He teaches courses addressing Internet research methodology and the intersection of Psychology and Internet use.  He carries out research focusing on adolescents’ and emerging adults’ Internet use, the construction of online identities, the development of virtual relationships, and the Internet addictive behavior problematic.  Dr. Smahel is currently editor of the open-access journal:  ‘Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace’


Email: smahel@fss.muni.cz


Natalia Waechter Ph.D

Natalia Waechter graduated in Sociology and Political Science at the University of Vienna, is a senior researcher at the Austrian Institute for Youth Research, Vienna.  In 2007, when she was a Post-doc at the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she participated in research on social networking sites at the Children’s Digital Media Center.  In Austria she is also lecturing at the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria.  She has researched and published in the areas of youth research, new media and online communication (e.g. chat rooms, social networking sites, text messaging), gender studies and sociology of migration.  Since 2006 she is a member of the Excutive Board of Research commitee 34 (Sociology of Youth) of the international Sociological Association (ISA). 

Email: nw@oeij.at

Lauren Sherman

Lauren Sherman is a doctoral student in developmental psychology at UCLA.  She is interested in the ways adolescents and emerging adults use digital technology to interact with peers and the way these interactions influence social development.  She is also interested in broader cultural and social change as influenced by the increasing significance of digital media in the lives of young people and the neural correlates of these media activities.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Vassar College. 

Email: laurensherm@gmail.com

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Jaana Juvonen Ph.D. 

Dr. Juvonen received her Ph.D. from UCLA.  She is Professor of Psychology in Developmental Psychology at UCLA.  She is an expert on victimization and bullying in elementary and middle school students.

Her media research centers on cyberbullying.

Email: juvonen@psych.ucla.edu

Nevfel Boz Ph.D.

Dr. Nevfel Boz, recieved his Ph.D in Communication Studies from Marmara University in Turkey. He spent two years at Childrens Digital Media Center as a post-doctoral researcher. His research centers on digital identity and self presentation in new media. He has carried out a cross cultural comparison study in Turkey and the United States. An article will soon be published in the European Journal of Communication Research.

Eline Frison

Eline Frison is a graduate student at Leuven School for Mass Communication Research. Her research explores the relationship between social networking site use on Facebook, online stress, online social support and adolescent well-being. Eline is co-author of “A Diary Study of the Relationship between College Students’ Digital Communication and Well-Being” presented at the 2016 meeting of Society of Personality and Social Psychology.