Assistant Adjunct Professor
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Scholars & Storytellers
Primary Area: Developmental Psychology
Address: 2344A Psychology Building
Phone: 310-210 1244
Research and Teaching Interests:
I do research on how media affect the social learning and behavior of preteens and adolescents. I’m particularly interested in proactive ways that families and creators of content can use media to positively impact the health and well being of children. I teach a course (167) called Digital Media and Human Development each Winter for upper class undergraduates.
As a big believer in bridging research and practice, along with many years of translational work for lay audiences, Dr. Uhls recently founded The Center for Scholars & Storytellers, an organization dedicated to bridging science and entertainment media with the goal of maximizing the positive effects of media on youth.
Yalda’s research focuses on how traditional and newer media impact the social behavior of preadolescents. Her findings were featured in Time Magazine, the NY Times, USA Today, NPR and others, and and published in journals such as Developmental Psychology and Computers in Human Behavior. In 2015, the Society for Research in Child Development gave Yalda’s graduate school research its highest honor: Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation. She also was honored by UCLA and received awards for her disseration and service work, in particular her work with the student run program, Psychology in Action. Dr. Uhls has been invited to share her knowledge with a variety of audiences including NIDA, the White House, Pixar, the NFL, Google, public school districts, Harvard Business School and others.
As the American-born child of Iranian immigrants, Yalda cares passionately about diversity, inclusion and equity and looks to educate youth and adults about myriad ways that explicit and implicit biases affect development. Having benefited from the University of California system – her BA is from UCB, and her MBA and PhD are from UCLA – she believes in the value of public school education and works to pay it forward as an adjunct professor at UCLA and mentor to students, both undergraduate and graduate.Curriculum Vitae
Uhls, Y.T., Felt, L. & Wong, K. (2017). Character is Common Sense: A Report on an Initiative Linking Media, Kids and Character Strengths. Common Sense Report.
Uhls, Y. T., & Robb, M. (2017). How parents mediate children’s media consumption. In F. Blumberg & P. Brooks (Eds.), Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts. Elsevier.
Uhls, Y. T., Ellison, N. B., & Subrahmanyam, K. (2017). Social media in adolescence: Selected benefits and costs. Pediatrics.
Boz, N., Uhls, Y. T., & Greenfield, P. M. (2016). Cross-Cultural comparison of adolescents’ online self-presentation strategies: Turkey and the United States. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 6(3), 1–16.
Uhls, Y. T. (2015). Media Moms & Digital Dads. U.K: Taylor and Francis.
Uhls, Y. T., Michikyan, M., Morris, J., Garcia, D., Small, G. S., Zgourou, E., & Greenfeld, P. M. (2014). Five days at outdoor education camp without screens Improves preteen skills with nonverbal emotion cues. Computers in Human Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.05.036
Yalda T. Uhls personal website detailing work at UCLA and outside of UCLA and the Center for Scholars & Storytellers, which is based at UCLA with an affiliate office in Toronto.