About the Center

Briana Pressey

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 consortium management.

Briana is interested in the intersection of children’s media, education, and contextual factors that impact family experiences in urban areas. Prior to joining the Cooney Center, she completed a Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program. While in Cambridge, she worked with KickinKitchen.TV, a cooking web series that aims to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity. Briana has also worked as a Communications Assistant for Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based education research non-profit, while pursuing her B.A. in Communication, Cinema Studies, and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Recently posted by this author:

Reflections from a Participant in the Equity and Inclusivity Workshop at IDC  

August 16, 2017

It is not often that I come across workshops specifically related to the intersection of the design of children’s media and the issues surrounding diverse representations of children, critical race theory, and inclusivity. When I saw the call for proposals to the Equity and Inclusivity workshop at the 2017 Interaction Design … 







The Aprendiendo Juntos Council Welcomes New Voices

June 1, 2016

On May 10, the fourth annual meeting of the Aprendiendo Juntos Council took place at Northwestern University. The Aprendiendo Juntos Council brings together researchers, practitioners, media producers, and educators in an effort to form a united coalition to advance learning in Hispanic and Latino families. Returning participants were excited to … 







Diversity in Children’s Media Matters

April 6, 2016

“So, can you tell me what some of your favorite shows are?” As a researcher on the Families and Media Project, I had the opportunity to talk to several children about their media use. I sat in 8-year-old Lina’s kitchen as she tried to answer my questions, though it was … 







Cooney Center 2016-17 Fellowship: Now Accepting Applications

February 1, 2016

Want to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team? Apply to be the 2016-2017 Cooney Center Fellow! The Cooney Center Fellows Program encourages research, innovation, and dissemination to promote children’s learning. Fellows participate in a wide range of projects and, in doing so, develop broad exposure to scholarship, policy, and … 







Empathize, Imagine, Create: Designing for Diverse Families (Part 2)

November 5, 2015

Last week we released Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Design, at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). The report draws from research conducted by the Families and Media consortium around media use in predominantly Latino families living in New York/New Jersey, … 







Designing for Diverse Families

October 30, 2015

Today, we are thrilled to release the latest publication from the Families and Media Project at an event at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Design,  by Amber Levinson, Sinem Siyahhan, Briana Pressey, and Katie Headrick Taylor, is a casebook and design … 







Catching Up with the Aprendiendo Juntos Council

September 9, 2015

On August 12th, returning and new participants of the Aprendiendo Juntos Council gathered at Sesame Workshop for the 3rd annual working meeting of the consortium. The Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together) Council is a multi-sector group of researchers, practitioners, media producers, and policy experts who seek to identify new models and … 







Designing Media for Underserved Families

February 16, 2015

A Collaborative Experiment On January 23, 2015, researchers, educators, and digital media professionals spent the day at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the d.school) to imagine how to better support the needs and interest-driven learning of families with children through digital media. The “Designing Media for Underserved Families” … 







Update: The Aprendiendo Juntos Council Members Share Research and Progress

April 16, 2014

The Aprendiendo Juntos (“Learning Together”) Council is a multi-sector group of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts who seek to identify new models and practical strategies to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic-Latino families, through the wise deployment of digital technologies. In June 2012, the National Center for Families Learning, the Joan … 







What Can We Learn from Teacher Surveys?

October 8, 2013

This fall, students across the country walked back through school doors. Each child undoubtedly had his or her own unique summer, possibly filled with camps, vacations, or just time to relax with friends and family. However, it is very likely that one shared element of each child’s summer vacation was …