About the Center

Cooney Center Alumni

Pam Abrams

  As the former Director of Partnerships and Strategy, Ms. Abrams oversaw the Center’s industry engagement, communications and planning. She came to the Center as a parenting expert with more than 25 years of experience in magazines, books, and online. She began her career at Harper’s Magazine, and subsequently served … 







Amber Levinson

Amber Levinson, PhD

Stanford-Cooney Center Post-Doctoral Scholar

As Stanford-Cooney Center Post-Doctoral Scholar, Amber helped lead the Families and Media Initiative, coordinating researchers from the Cooney Center and several universities around the country, and connecting the worlds of research and design to benefit children and families.  Her recent doctoral research explored how Hispanic-Latino immigrant families use media and … 







Christa Avampato

Sponsorship and Events Manager, National STEM Video Game Challenge

Ms. Avampato has developed products, services, events, and programs in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors across a wide range of industries including financial services, retail, health and wellness, environmental conservation, education, and the arts for 14 years. She is passionate about the use of technology to build a better … 







Ingrid Erickson, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Erickson was a Research Associate at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. She received her Ph.D. from the Center for Work, Technology and Organization in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University in 2009, where she studied the convergence of mobile technology, the urban environment, and social … 







Jessica Millstone

Jessica Millstone

Education Fellow

Ms. Millstone has spent the past fifteen years thinking, writing, and teaching about the ways new technologies and digital media can transform learning, both at home and at school.  She creates teacher education programs, professional learning workshops for parents and teachers, and online modules on a variety of education- and … 







Cynthia Chiong, Ph.D.

Dr. Chiong received her doctorate degree in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia. During her graduate studies, she was also an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) fellow where the focus of the program was an interdisciplinary approach to educational research. Her research interests focus on how the design of … 







Glenda Revelle, Ph.D.

Senior Nokia Research Fellow

Dr. Revelle serves as Principal Investigator and Cooney Center Project Lead for ongoing research work conducted in collaboration with Nokia Research Center, creating a line of pioneering research in the areas of mobile media, family communication and literacy.







Rebecca Herr Stephenson

Becky Herr Stephenson, Ph.D

Research Fellow

Dr. Herr-Stephenson is a media researcher focused on teaching and learning with popular culture and technology. She earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2008. Currently, Becky is a Research Associate for the Children, Youth, and Media research and design track … 







Briana Ellerbe

Research Manager

Ms. Pressey joined the Cooney Center in the Fall of 2012, working primarily on the Families and Media Project as a Research Assistant. As the Research Manager, Briana worked with the research team on field research, data analysis, and data management. In addition, she assisted with research staff recruitment, reports, and … 







Erica Rabner

Program Associate

Erica Rabner joined the Cooney Center in the fall of 2015. As a Program Associate, Erica supported new outreach initiatives related to Tap, Click, Read and Integrating Technology in Early Learning. Prior to joining the Cooney Center, Erica completed a master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of …