Dr. Gail Dines
Founder and President - Culture Reframed
Gail Dines, PhD, is Founder and President of Culture Reframed, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Wheelock College, Boston. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over 30 years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as the leading expert on how pornography shapes our identities, culture, and sexuality. She is a consultant to governmental agencies in the US and abroad, including the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Canada, and a regular guest on television and radio, and is widely published. Dr. Dines’ latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages and adapted into a documentary film.
Executive Director - Culture Reframed
Samantha (Sam) Wechsler joined Culture Reframed as its Interim Executive Director in June 2016. In addition to providing leadership for organizations experiencing executive transitions, Wechsler runs her own coaching and consulting business, specializing in executive coaching, group facilitation, leadership and personal development, fundraising, and board development. She also designs and facilitates participatory trainings and workshops that draw people into engaging conversations about difficult topics, helping participants develop a deeper sense of themselves and their role in social change efforts. Much of Wechsler’s career has been devoted to creating, improving, and expanding programming for children and youth.
Dr. Dolly Klock
Dolly Klock, MD, is a Family Medicine Physician, Founder of ADOLESSONS, speaker, consultant and mom of two teens. Dr. Klock has over 20 years of experience working with parents and kids, and is passionate about helping families connect over tricky topics. Through Adolessons, she offers parent education at schools and businesses. She also leads parent-child puberty workshops, and provides individual and group consultations for parents, teens, and tweens, around a variety of topics germane to child and adolescent health: childhood sexual development, puberty, teen sexuality in the digital age, body image, mental health, vaping/substance use, and more.
Dr. Megan Maas
Assistant Professor, Speaker, Writer
Megan Maas, PhD, is an assistant professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the Pennsylvania State University as a pre-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institutes of Health. Her award-winning research, recognized by the American Psychological Association, focuses on adolescent sexual development. Specifically, she investigates the role that experiences of social media, sexting, and online pornography play in the development of attitudes and behavior related to sexuality and gender. In addition to publishing in academic journals, she also publishes her work in mass media outlets such as HuffPost, CNN, and Salon.
Dr. Sharon Maxwell
Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Lecturer
Sharon Maxwell is a practicing clinical psychologist, specializing in adolescent and family therapy. Her award-winning book, THE TALK: A Breakthrough Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in an Oversexualized, Online, In-Your-Face World, has been translated into Italian, Polish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin (for publication in mainland China). Dr. Maxwell won a national award from Parenting Publications of America for her series of articles on sex education and has received recognition for her Sexual Health and Responsibility Curriculum, which she and her daughter Chelsea bring to public and independent schools.
Educator, Learning Designer, and Lecturer
Chelsea Maxwell, EdM, is an educator, learning designer, and lecturer. Having specialized in curriculum development as well as technology and innovation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Maxwell develops in-person and online learning experiences on topics, including healthy relationships, social media, sex ed, and gender stereotypes in the media. Bringing years of experience as a director of mentoring for children and teens, she creates interactive and dynamic learning experiences for students of all ages.
Dr. Walter DeKeseredy
Researcher and Professor of Sociology
Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 25 books, over 100 scientific journal articles, and 83 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. Recipient of prestigious awards for his research and scholarship from Divisions of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Dr. DeKeseredy is co-author of the widely read and cited book Violence Against Women in Pornography.
Dr. Bill Yousman
Researcher and Associate Professor
Bill Yousman, PhD, earned his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His area of focus is Critical Media Studies. He is the former Managing Director of the Media Education Foundation and the current Director of the Graduate Program in Strategic Communication at Sacred Heart University, where he is an associate professor in the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts. Bill’s research focuses on media literacy education and the construction of racial ideologies in media. He has published numerous essays in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. He is the author of the books Prime Time Prisons on U.S. Television: Representation of Incarceration, and The Spike Lee Enigma: Challenge and Incorporation in Media Culture. He also co-edits the award-winning anthology series Gender, Race and Class in Media.
Dr. Lori Bindig Yousman
Researcher and Associate Professor
Lori Bindig Yousman, PhD, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts at Sacred Heart University. She earned her doctorate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests include feminist television studies and critical media literacy. Dr. Bindig Yousman has published three monographs on teen television with Lexington Books. Her media literacy research has appeared in edited volumes and journal articles. She is a co-editor for the 5th and upcoming 6th edition of Gender, Race, and Class in Media, published by Sage.
Marriage & Family Therapist
Although Mark Reid works with all adults, his primary area of interest and specialty is working with couples. His work includes pre-marital counseling, communication difficulties, recovery from affairs and sex addiction, and parenting together after divorce. Becoming a Marriage & Family Therapist is Reid’s third career. He spent over 30 years producing fundraising TV programs for national and international non-profit organizations. Clients included World Vision, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Operation Smile, Food for the Poor, and Mercy Ships, among others. Mark also spent five years in financial services. Mark has raised two children and now lives with his wife and two dogs in Pasadena, Calif.
Dr. Sharon Lamb
Sharon Lamb, EdD, PhD, is Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she has also served as Chair of the department and is currently Program Director of the Mental Health Counseling program. An experienced clinician, she is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology and she sees children, adolescents, adults, and couples at her practice in Shelburne, Vermont. She also trains doctoral and masters’ students at UBoston in advanced psychotherapy and personality assessment. Lamb does forensic evaluations in the state of Vermont as an expert in the best interests of the child, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and attachment.
Cyber Education Consultant
Since 2004, Lori Getz, MA, has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In 2008, Getz founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security, and ethics. Since that time, Getz has reached out to Internet users across the world. Her mission is simple — to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers.
Anya Manes is an educator and parent coach, specializing in helping parents talk with their kids about sex and relationships. As a high-school teacher for over a decade, she became intimately aware of teen struggles and how our current sex ed programs and parenting culture fail to give kids the skills they need to navigate adolescence safely. Manes hosts the annual Talking To Kids About Sex Interview Series and speaks publicly at schools, parent groups, conferences, and private events. Privately and in groups, she coaches parents, helping them build skills around feeling and defending boundaries, articulating sexual values, answering children’s questions, and becoming critical thinkers about sex in the media.
Dr. Matt Ezzell
Researcher and Associate Professor
Matt Ezzell, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at James Madison University. His research, his teaching areas of focus, and expertise include critical media studies, social psychology, the sociology of interpersonal violence, and the sociology of race/class/gender inequality. Ezzell began his professional career as a community educator and crisis advocate in the U.S. rape crisis movement, and he has been actively involved in anti-violence movements for over two decades. He received a B.A. in Women’s Studies with honors in Creative Writing and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Dana Entin is both a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Parenting Educator and Consultant who has worked with children and their parents for the past 30 years. For the past 14 years, Entin has worked primarily as a Parent Educator and Parenting Consultant. With her health science and medical background, she has provided services to parents and their children in both group and private consultation. She has taught and lectured in a multitude of settings, to both parents and preschool professionals. She specializes from birth through adolescence in areas related to health, prevention, safety, education, technology, development, nutrition, discipline, sleep, and behavior.
Digital Literacy Educator & Advocate
Diana Graber, a digital literacy educator and advocate, is the author of Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology (2019). She is the founder of Cyberwise, a leading online safety organization, and the creator and founder of Cyber Civics, the popular and innovative middle school digital literacy program currently being taught in schools in 44 US states, and internationally. In 2017 Graber was honored with the National Association for Media Literacy Education’s Media Literacy Teacher Award. Graber earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding Graduate University. She travels widely, speaking to parent groups and training teachers to teach Cyber Civics in their own schools.
Dr. Jennifer Salerno
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Jennifer Salerno is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an advocate for adolescent risk reduction using youth-friendly technology and effective communication strategies. Having practiced for over 20 years and in keeping with her favorite quote, attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Salerno founded Possibilities for Change and has worked in partnership with clinicians, researchers, and youth to develop technology-based adolescent risk screening and counseling tools, which are now being used by health professionals worldwide. She expanded her work in 2016 to parents of teens by releasing Teen Speak: A how-to guide for real talks with teens about sex, drugs and other risky behaviors.