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Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Scholars & Storytellers and Assistant Adjunct Professor in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Yalda T. Uhls, a former senior exec at MGM and Sony, left the movie world to study child development, earning a Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA. Uhls recently founded The Center for Scholars & Storytellers, an organization dedicated to bridging the work of child development researchers and youth content creators. Uhls is also an assistant adjunct professor at UCLA where she does research on how media affect the social behavior of tweens and teens and teaches a class on Digital Media and Human Development. She is an advisor for YouTube Kids and Family, The Bill and Melinda Gates Equitable Future project, Common Sense Media, Bark and the Jacobs Foundations Learning and Science Exchange and is the author of the parenting book Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age. Research conducted by Dr. Uhls has been featured in Time Magazine, the NY Times, USA Today, NPR and many others, and published in academic journals such as Developmental Psychology and Computers in Human Behavior.


  • –present
    Founder and ED, Center for Scholars & Storytellers, Assistant adjunct professor , University of California, Los Angeles


  • 2013 
    Ucla , PhD


Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (2015). SRCD is the premier organization for child development psychological research. This national award is given to only 5 PhD students from across the US.