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Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free Zoom event.

Helping Kids Choose Kindness - A special Open Mind program presented by the Center for Scholars & Storytellers, The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors


Helping Kids Choose Kindness is a virtual livestream event that will bring together the expertise of the presenting organizations to give parents and caregivers the latest tools to tackle bullying in their kids' lives. This conversation will build upon the parent playbooks released by The Choose Kindness Alliance that help adults support youth affected by bullying, understand bullying's mental health effects, and raise more empathetic and considerate children.


Our featured speakers are author and clinical psychologist , Dr. Lisa Damour, and addiction psychiatrist, Kevin Johnson, MD, in conversation with CSS Founder and Executive Director,  Dr. Yalda T. Uhls. 


Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers, which have been translated into twenty-three languages. She co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News.


Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She maintains a clinical practice and also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and adult well-being.


Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.


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 Times, Time Magazine, Good Morning America, USA Today, NPR 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.

Kevin Johnson, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist and one of the editors of the book "Trans Bodies Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community" published by Oxford University Press in 2013 and 2022. He has also published articles and book chapters on issues facing the trans and gender-diverse community around addiction and aging. He has given numerous lectures on these topics as well. Dr Johnson obtained his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his psychiatric residency at Yale University. He currently works at the Pomeroy Addiction Treatment Center at Crouse Health in Syracuse, NY where he is also a clinical instructor of psychiatry at The State University of New York Upstate Medical University. He lives with his spouse and unruly cat, and he spends his free time either exercising in a local group gym, volunteering as a poll-site manager for the Board of Elections, or playing video games on Steam.

To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs,

please visit our YouTube Channel

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