About Us

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC) is committed to strengthening family relationships and building youth with the character strengths that will prepare them for healthy, successful, and meaningful lives.


Offering science-based strategies to support healthy family relationships and empower parents and caring adults to prepare adolescents to lead us into the future. We aim to reframe negative messages about young people. Located in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the CPTC:

  • Produces multi-media content including blogs, films, podcasts, quizzes, Q & A interviews, and more.
  • Educates parents and professionals to effectively communicate with young people through trainings, workshops, and talks.
  • Advocates to digital and traditional media outlets for accurate framing in the coverage of issues impacting teens today.


Aletha Akers, MD, is a Faculty member at the CPTC and an adolescent gynecologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is one of the experts featured in our video series and authors pieces for us. Dr. Aker’s brings expertise in community-based research and translating research into educational materials.

Allison Gilbert, is a Senior Writer at the CPTC. Her pieces cover an array of topics, including self-care, bullying, and resilience. Allison is also author of numerous books and speaks across the country to corporations, non-profits, and community groups.

Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, is Co-Founder and Director of Programs at the CPTC, and a Professor of Pediatrics and adolescent medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He travels the world speaking to parent, professional and youth audiences and is the author of 5 award-winning parenting books as well as a multimedia professional toolkit on “Reaching Teens.” The CPTC follows his strength-based philosophy and resilience-building model.

Jacques Louis, MS, is the Director of Operations at the CPTC. He brings nearly two decades of experience in positive youth development settings and oversees the center’s operations, ensuring the CPTC stays mission-focused.

Eden Pontz, is the Executive Producer and Director of Digital Content at the CPTC. She oversees digital media content development and production for parentandteen.com. She also writes, copyedits, and produces podcasts and videos for the site. Her pieces cover a range of topics, including teen development, peer pressure, and mentoring. Eden brings years of experience as a former Executive Producer of News gathering at CNN, as well as a field producer, writer, and reporter for CNN and other news organizations.

Andrew Pool, PhD, MSc, is the Senior Research Manager at the CPTC charged with ensuring our content is rooted in the best available evidence. Dr. Pool authors our Research Roundup series and brings a decade of experience in behavioral research. His doctorate is in Public Health from Temple University and he is passionate about bridging the gap between what we know from research and the public’s ability to incorporate credible and effective findings into their lives.

Matthew Rouselle, is a Senior Media Assistant at the CPTC. He assists with filming, video editing, photography and other digital media efforts of the center. Matt is also a a freelance filmmaker and photographer in and around Philadelphia.

Elyse Salek, MSEd, is the Senior Manager of Center Operations at the CPTC charged with administrative oversight of the center. She edits and writes pieces for the site on a range of topics including teen development, peer pressure, and discipline. Elyse’s background is in Psychology and Human Development and she brings a decade of experience managing research and outreach projects at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Our Research Core studies how healthcare professionals can partner with parents to support adolescent well-being. Our ongoing research programs examine the role of parent-targeted interventions in primary care and aim to further our understanding of how parent-teen relationships and communication impact long-term health.

Megan Fisher-Thiel, MPH, is the Data Manager for the Strength Intervention Project. She brings many years of experience and coordinating academic research.

Carol Ford, MD, is Co-Founder and Director of Research at the CPTC. She also spearheads the Scientific Linkages to Health Project. As an Adolescent Medicine subspecialist physician and adolescent health researcher, Dr. Ford has a long history of research and clinical work to improve adolescent health.

Elizabeth Friedrich, MPH, is a Senior Research Coordinator at the CPTC. She coordinates and manages the Strengths Intervention Project for Dr. Miller and brings years of experience running research studies at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Victoria Miller, PhD, is a Faculty member at the CPTC and Director of the Strengths Intervention Project. She is a clinical child psychologist and behavioral health researcher, with expertise in psychosocial aspects of chronic illness, child and family decision making, and pediatric bioethics. Dr. Miller has significant research experience with measure development, observational methods, and qualitative design and analysis.

Karol Silva, PhD, MPH, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CPTC. She is exploring how parents’ perception of adolescents may influence teens’ well-being and how parenting styles contribute to the development of self-control in adolescents.

Reyneris Robles, BA, is a Research Assistant at the CPTC. She assists Dr. Miller with the Strengths Intervention Project.


Our students and interns support film and media production, website development, and research and social marketing efforts. Their expertise, passion, and hard work bring our center to the next level.

Expert Advisors

We are fortunate to partner with some of the leading experts in the country from the fields of medicine, psychology, character and positive youth development, journalism, and social marketing. Our experts review content for consistency, accuracy, and to ensure its relevance to families across America. Many of them are also contributing authors.

Youth Advisors

We maintain an active board of youth advisors from across the country to support with content review and production. They contribute to our youth video series, write pieces, and review content to ensure the youth experience is represented.

Parent Advisors

We are grateful to parents around the nation who offered input and guidance, including members of SpeakUp! who shared valuable insight.


In helping to accomplish our mission, we are fortunate to receive editorial contributions from a range of multi-disciplinary experts, pediatricians, journalists, young people and more.


The CPTC would not be possible without the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, the Hive at Spring Point, and Drs. Kathy Fields and Garry Rayant.



Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street, Floor 9
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(P) 267-425-1343
(E) parentandteen@email.chop.edu