Communicating Science Beyond the Ivory Tower

  • Half-Day Pre-Conference
  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM
  • $35.00

The Center for Scholars & Storytellers (CSS) will (with the Frameworks Institute) design and deliver an interactive, half-day session for junior and senior scholars on the afternoon of April 17, 2024, the day before the SRA event, in Chicago. 

In this workshop, CSS team members will share expertise with attendees to encourage others to prioritize communicating their scientific findings beyond the ivory tower. At CSS, we work with graduate students to develop skills and techniques to translate research into easy to understand lay language. These skills are becoming more and more critical in order to make an impact. We will also discuss the ways CSS builds interdisciplinary collaborations between industry and academia and make recommendations about how researchers can work with this unique audience. Frameworks will bring their expertise in narrative change strategy to the question of how to effectively frame the science of adolescent development to promote understanding, and to help influence programs, policies, and legislation in ways that can positively impact youth. 

Dr. Yalda T. Uhls is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA. She is an internationally recognized research scientist, educator, author, and expert on the science of media and adolescent development, the importance of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and the evolving nature of parenting. Dr. Uhls’ career bridges the worlds of entertainment and psychological research. She was a movie executive at MGM and Sony who earned an MBA and Ph.D. from UCLA. She now serves as an assistant adjunct professor at UCLA and is the author of Media Moms and Digital Dads: A Fact Not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age. She is also the proud daughter of Persian immigrants.

Dr. Uhls’s expertise on how media content is created, along with the science of how media affect children, informs her unique perspective and is her inspiration for creating CSS. She is a highly-sought guest speaker on a multitude of topics and frequently speaks about the importance of Authentically Inclusive Representation (AIR) and Gen Z’s relationship with mental health and media at events hosted by prominent organizations and companies. Research conducted by Dr. Uhls has been featured in The New York TimesTime Magazine, Good Morning AmericaUSA TodayNPR and many others. In 2022, she was asked to join the NAACP Entertainment Advisory Council and she has been a member of YouTube’s kids and family council since its inception.

Dr. Alisha J. Hines is the Director of Research for the Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA. Dr. Hines leads a team of 12 researchers across the entire portfolio of original and third-party research conducted on behalf of the Center, including our signature annual Teens and Screens Report. Dr. Hines leverages research and storytelling to direct organizational strategies in the private and philanthropic sectors, with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Previously, she founded a consulting agency, One Eighty Third, LLC, which is dedicated to designing content, storytelling, and thought leadership strategies for mission-driven clients in healthcare, tech, education, finance, and philanthropy.

Dr. Hines has earned several fellowships and awards for her academic research and writing including the Jack Miller Center fellowship from the Newberry Library, the Memorial Writing Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, the Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship from Duke University, and the Archie Fellowship from Wake Forest University. She earned her PhD in History & African American Studies from Duke University and is a former faculty member of Wake Forest University's History Department where she designed and taught courses on slavery, gender, the Atlantic World, the Civil War and Reconstruction. 

Nat Kendall-Taylor serves as Chief Executive Officer at the FrameWorks Institute. He oversees the organization’s pioneering, research-based approach to strategic communications, which uses methods from the social and behavioral sciences to measure how people understand complex socio-political issues and tests ways to reframe them to drive social change. 




Marisa Gerstein Pineau is Director of Research Application at FrameWorks. In this role, she bridges the Research and Research Interpretation and Applications units, leading the research phases of rapid-response projects and using her depth of knowledge about the reframing research to the dissemination phase of large-scale projects, including adolescent development.