Awards & Affiliations



Recipient of 2010 Edward H. Ladd Award for Academic Excellence and Service. From Wheelock College.

Recipient of “2009 Family Advocate of the Year” Award. From the Boston Parents Paper in celebration of its 25th Anniversary. Selected for inclusion in: Quotable Women: The First 5,000 Years (6th Edition) by Elaine Paltrow (2010).

Recipient of the Gordon Marshall Research Award (Wheelock College). 2006-2007. To support the research and writing of book, So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. [Co-Author Jean Kilbourne]

Recipient of the Abigail Eliot Award. 2003. Boston Association for the Education of Young Children. For contributions to the early childhood community.


Testimony Given Before Joint Committee on Education in Support of Proposed Senate Bill 1956; Directing the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop standards for teaching media literacy K-12. November 1, 2011.

Massachusetts House of Representatives Public Policy Committee. May 2007. Testified supporting a bill banning marketing in schools.

US Senate Commerce Comm. Hearing on Marketing Violence to Children. Spring 1999. Testified about how marketing violence through the media harms young children.


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). 2000-present. Co-founder & Steering Committee Member.

Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE). 1995-present. Co-founder & Steering Committee Member.

Senior Advisory Board Member For PBS Families Magazine 1997-2005 Massachusetts Citizens for Children. 2002-present. Board of Directors Member. Non-profit working to protect Massachusetts children from abuse and neglect.

Child Care Information Exchange. 2001-current. Expert Advisory Panel. From Sept.

Massachusetts Citizens for Children. 2002-2010. Member Board of Directors. Protects Massachusetts children from abuse and neglect.

“PEEP Discovers the World.” 2002-2006. Advisory Board Member. WGBH-produced early childhood science TV program.

PBS Families Magazine. PBS. 1997-2005. Advisory Board Member. “Ready To Learn” publication for parents & providers.

Concerned Educators Allied for a Safe Environment (CEASE). 1990-present. Child Care Information Exchange. 2000-present. Advisor. Journal for Child Care Directors and Providers.

Massachusetts Violence Prevention Task Force 1995-2001 Member. Department of Public Health.