About the Center

Cooney Center Alumni


Meagan Bromley

Research and Web Assistant

Ms. Bromley is a Research and Web Assistant for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, where she assists in coordinating research projects and events, as well as maintaining operations on the Center’s website and throughout the JGCC Social Media network. Prior to joining the team at the Cooney Center, Meagan spent … 


Carly Shuler

Ms. Shuler is a researcher, developer, and author in the children’s media and toy industry. As our inaugural Fellow, Carly researched and authored a number of Cooney Center reports, including D is for Digital and Pockets of Potential. Since her fellowship, Carly continued her work with the Center, leading many … 


Caitlin Skopac

Manager, Design Competitions and Events

Ms. Skopac was the Design Competition and Events Manager for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, where she worked on outreach initiatives and special events and competition-based projects. During her undergraduate work Caitlin interned as a researcher for Sesame Workshops’ Domestic Research group, where she loved being in the field and … 


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 … 

Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Ph.D.

Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Ph.D.

Dr. Cayton-Hodges received her Ph.D. in Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering (MSTE) Education at Tufts University in 2009. She was a Cooney Center Fellow in 2010. Gabrielle’s dissertation, entitled “Young Children’s External Representations of Number,” focused on 4- through 8-year-olds’ understandings of properties of the number system as demonstrated through … 


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 is 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 Chong

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 …