co-CEO and Chief Play Officer, PlayScience
Alison is a leading researcher and expert on children’s learning in the 21st century and on how technology impacts families. As co-CEO and Chief Play Officer at PlayScience, she overseas insights efforts and leads innovation around branding, content creation and development for major global companies. Under her leadership, PlayScience has partnered with dozens of marquee family brands, including Sesame Workshop, Disney, Girl Scouts, and many others. Prior to PlayScience, Alison was Senior Research Director of Digital Research & Strategy for the Nickelodeon/MTV Networks Kids & Family Group. Before joining Nickelodeon, she was an assistant professor of communication at Indiana University. She has three edited books –The Children’s Television Community,Television and the American Family (2nd Ed), and Service-Learning in the University Classroom – and over 30 research articles and chapters. Alison earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.