About Us

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is based within the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our work is sponsored by the Hive at Spring Point, the John Templeton Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Rayant-Fields Charitable Fund, and the Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST), a consortium that includes the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Ford Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Pivotal Ventures, the Raikes Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Public Education Support Fund. We also provide consultation on NIH research project grants.

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The Center for Parent and Teen Communication helps parents raise teens prepared to thrive. Adolescence is a time of opportunity and parents matter more than ever. We strive to ensure every caring adult has the knowledge and skills to promote positive youth development and foster strong family connections. Sign up for our newsletter to gain practical tips for parenting teens today!


Executive Leadership

Executive Director

Dr. Baker oversees overall strategy and management and is focused on co-leading CPTC to its next phase of growth, sustainability and impact. She has over 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, and translating community driven, evidence-based prevention programs for populations made vulnerable. Dr. Baker holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University and received postdoctoral training from the Center for Health Equity Research and the National Center on Fathers & Families. Dr. Baker advocates for the important role fathers play in guiding young lives and also hosts Maternal Health 911, a podcast that focuses on maternal health in Black families.

Founder & Program Director

Dr. Ginsburg is a physician, adolescent medicine specialist, and Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is committed to preparing adults to be the kind of people that adolescents deserve in their lives. He supports local, regional, and national organizations in developing programs and policies that strengthen families and see young people through a strength-based lens. He speaks to parent, professional, and youth audiences nationally and internationally and is the author of 5 award-winning parenting books as well as a toolkit for youth-serving professionals. CPTC is rooted in his strength-based philosophy and resilience-building model.


Director of Community & Strategic Partnerships

Jacques has nearly two decades of experience in positive youth development settings. His area of expertise is on developing agency in teens, restorative justice, and Rites of Passage curricula. He oversees outreach efforts and manages our project exploring parenting strategies in communities of color.

Executive Producer, Director of Digital Content

Eden oversees digital media content production. She also writes, copyedits, and produces articles, podcasts, and videos. An award-winning journalist, Eden brings years of experience as Executive Producer of news-gathering at CNN, as well as a field producing, writing, and reporting for CNN and other news organizations.

Research Scientist

Dr. Pool helps lead CPTC’s research efforts. He 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 science and application to daily life.

Communications Associate

Taylor provides broad communications support to CPTC, including the creation and management of social media, editorial and website content. Her background is in marketing and communications, and she brings experience executing digital communications initiatives in higher education and tourism.

2022 - 23 Mission Partners

Dr. Abraham is a pediatrician, teen health expert, speaker, author, film co-producer, and consultant. Anisha is a popular global speaker and teen health media expert helping teens, parents, professionals and organizations navigate adolescence successfully. She is on faculty at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC and has recently published the book Raising Global Teens: Parenting in the 21st Century

Joel Austin

Joel is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer for Daddy University Inc. and the Executive Director of The School of Parent Education. In this role he serves as a strong, undeniable force in propelling males and positive parenting to the forefront of the family and community agenda. 

Dr. Bracho-Sanchez is a pediatrician at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She has appeared on NBCPBSNPR, and a number of other news outlets to provide expert commentary.

Kristen Chase

Kristen is a former therapist and college professor, now writer, author, podcaster, and co-founder of CoolMomPicks.com, a popular online resource for parents. She is also the mom of 4 kids, 3 of which are teens. 

Elayna, known globally as the Positive MOM, is a bestselling author, internationally acclaimed storyteller, and award-winning mom entrepreneur. Her blog, books, and programs inspire millions of moms worldwide to break cycles, find peace, and feel whole. To learn more about Elayna, visit thePositiveMOM.com and follow her @thepositivemom.

Michelle Garrett

Michelle is a blogger, entrepreneur, wife, and proud mom to four – a tween, teen, and two college students. She writes, speaks, and advocates for mental health awareness, parenting older children, and empowering tween and teen girls to be their best selves.

Jennifer Wallace

Journalism Fellow

Jennifer is an award-winning journalist and regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, as well as other media outlets. She is also the author of the upcoming book Never Enough: How Toxic Achievement Culture Hurts Kids — And What To Do About it, which is being publishing by Penguin Random House in August 2023. Jennifer lives in New York City, where she and her husband are raising their three adolescent children. 

2021 - 22 Mission Partners

Leticia is founder of the award-winning TechSavvyMama, a mom of teens, middle school teacher, and an education consultant. She combines her knowledge of child development, psychology, education, and tech to provide parenting advice for families.

Phyllis is a clinical professional counselor, certified professional school counselor, and journalist regularly contributing to The Washington Post and other media outlets, and author of Middle School Matters. She currently works full time as a school counselor.

Matt is the co-founder of City Dads Group and co-host of The Modern Dads Podcast. Matt works to break down the barriers standing in the way of men being the best dads they can be.

Dr. Talib is a board certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine specialist, writer, and teen media creative. Dr. Talib is a teen health advocate at heart and leads a popular community on Instagram @teenhealthdoc.

Consultants & Contributors

Contributor, Formerly CPTC Staff

Elyse was charged with administrative oversight of CPTC programs and grants. She also edited and wrote content on a range of topics. Her background is in Psychology and Human Development and she brought more than a decade of experience managing research projects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Consultant, Melissa Ford Strategy

Melissa is a writer, editor, content creator, storyteller, fundraiser, and social media manager. She authors our Parenting in 100 Words series and supports strategic marketing and social media efforts.

The FrameWorks Institute

Communications Consultant

The FrameWorks Institute is a nonprofit research organization that helps mission-driven organizations build public will for progressive change. They support our efforts to shape effective communications.

Senior Writer

Allison is an Emmy award-winning journalist focusing on grief and resilience. She has authored numerous books and speaks across the country. Allison spearheads our Q&A series.


LaShieka is a health, parenting, and entertainment writer. Her work appears in The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Essence; Dr. Oz The Good Life; Men’s Health; & Ebony.


Christine spent a decade as a music and brain scientist before leaving academia for the Internet in 2006. She is an award-winning blogger, podcast host, and author.

Affiliated Faculty & Fellows

Vice President for Research, The Guttmacher Institute

Dr. Akers work focuses on family communication, health disparities, and evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve  health outcomes for adolescents.

Carol Ford, MD

CPTC Co-Founder, Chief, Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Ford is an Adolescent Medicine subspecialist physician and adolescent health researcher with a long history of research and clinical work to improve adolescent health.

Affiliated Faculty, Rutgers University

Dr. Williams studies race and ethnicity as social contexts for youth development. She supports CPTC to develop strengths-based, culturally responsive parenting content.

Director of Adolescent Medicine Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Miller 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.

Javiera Monardez Popelka, MD, MPH

Dr. Popelka is a physician and certified health coach with expertise in community outreach and community health promotion projects. She supports CPTC with culturally-responsive, Spanish language content translation efforts and direct community outreach and dissemination.

Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH

Dr. Svetaz is a physician at Hennepin Healthcare, faculty at the University of Minnesota, and director of Aquí Para Ti (APT), an award-winning program. Dr. Svetaz supports CPTC with the translation of content to ensure it is culturally responsive and affirming for Latinx and immigrant families.


Our current and former students and interns support film and media production, website development, and research and social marketing efforts.


We are fortunate to gain insight from leaders in the fields of medicine, positive youth development, character education, communications, and more. We maintain an active board of youth advisors from across the country.

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