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Meet Our Students

Meet our current and past student-workers! They are a group of hard-working young people that are passionate about and committed to helping us further our mission of strengthening parent-teen relationships. Check out their bios below for more information about them.

Current Students

Paul Cinicola

Paul is a Pittsburgh native, studying medical anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His plans for the future include continuing his education with graduate work in public health and medical school with the goal of uplifting queer youth and parents. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, writing and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

“I am very excited to empower parents to better understand and guide the young adults in their lives.”

Danielle Doolittle

Danielle is originally from Petaluma, CA but has lived on the East Coast for the past three years and is now finishing up her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. In addition to her work at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, she is interning at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support children and families who are navigating diagnoses and treatment in one of the Oncology units. When she’s not studying or working, you can most likely find her watching Netflix, baking cookies, or showing friends pictures of her adorable nieces and nephew.

“While I have worked with different communities and in different settings, I have always found myself gravitating toward those who inspire me the most: children and adolescents. I have learned so much about myself and about the world from the extraordinary youth I have worked with.”

Sean Welch

Sean was born and raised right outside of Philadelphia. He is a student at Temple University studying Political Science and English. He believes in giving back to his community and currently tutors ESL and foster youth throughout Philly. He loves learning new things — from history teach-ins to Youtube quantum-physics crash-courses — but also enjoys playing the piano and learning Spanish in his free time.

“I am extremely excited to begin remolding our society’s understanding of adolescents. I am especially interested in finding innovative ways to translate academic research to everyday people.” 

Amber Williams

Amber is originally from South Orange, New Jersey and currently is a Senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Communication and minoring in Hispanic Studies.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, long-distance running and watching movies. In the future, she hopes to lead digital marketing at a tech company.

“I bring strong communication and research skills to the center and look forward to working with the team and doing intensive research on adolescence.”

Former Students

Sarah Hinstorff

Sarah is originally from Palo Alto, CA. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in International Relations and minors in International Development and Hispanic Studies. She is currently continuing her Penn education with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership. She has previous experience with political campaigns and nonprofits of all sizes, and she hopes to devote her career to designing creative approaches to social change. In her free time, she loves to run, travel, and listen to way too many podcasts.

“I am passionate about youth mental health, race & gender equity, and immigration reform (and especially the intersection of all three!)”

Nora Laberee

Nora is originally from Philadelphia but grew up in South Jersey, and graduated from Penn with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2018. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking. In the future she hopes to pursue a graduate degree, and ultimately hopes to use scientific research to enhance the health and well-being of young people. During her time at CPTC, Nora brought experience in scholarly article research and synthesis to the center. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking.

“I had an incredible experience being on the team, doing what I love, while advancing the goals of the center.” 

Aaron J. Sanden

Aaron is currently a Junior in Drexel University’s Animation program. After college his goal is to open his own animation studio and produce anime for television, with an extended goal to procuring his own television station to broadcast their programs. His hobbies and interests include sarcastically over-analyzing television shows, sketching, and plotting out concepts for series he intends to expand on at a later date.

“I enjoyed bringing my skills with video and post work, as well as my bottomless pool of energy to the team.”

Wayne Schmitt

Wayne is from eastern Kentucky and and while working at the Center for Parent and Teen Communications was a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying biology. Wayne worked as a Media Assistant, capturing b-roll footage, editing videos, planning media content, and taking photos for CPTC. In his free time, Wayne enjoys photography, music, and film. After graduating, he was an intern at the Morris Arboretum, a great place for parents and their children alike to spend some time relaxing in the gardens. He has just started a master’s program for Forest Information Technology in Eberswalde, Germany where he hopes to combine his interest in computers and nature.

“I am very proud to see how far CPTC has grown since my days working there and looking forward to all of the content they will be putting out!”

Michael Tatlow

Mike is an undergraduate Film student at Drexel University focusing on film production and sound editing. During his time at CPTC, Mike supported podcast and film recording, editing and sound mixing.

Shannon Traurig

Shannon is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 2018 from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual masters in education and counseling. She currently works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH as a mental health therapist. During her time at CPTC, Shannon brought extensive knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as a passion for promoting mental health in children and families.

“I really enjoyed my time working with the center and look forward to watching it continue to grow!”