President, MDW Consulting and Research
Ms. DIaz-Wionczek obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology from CUNY’s Graduate Center with a focus in cognition, and my B.A. in Psychology from The National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a multiculturalist, idea generator, people connector, media consultant, educator, researcher, and academic. Mariana partners with organizations and businesses who strive to have a positive impact on children’s lives through high-quality media and technology experiences, and specialize in educational content development and assessment with an emphasis on identity representation and diversity/inclusion. She has played a crucial role in promoting inclusion and Latino culture, as well as cultural and bilingual competencies in media products across platforms for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Fred Rogers Productions, Pinna, 9 Story, Televisa Foundation, HITN-Learning, and GoNoodle, among others. Previously, I was Head of Education and Research for the Dora the Explorer brands for 15 years.
As an Adjunct Professor in NYU’s Psychology Department, Ms. Diaz-Wionczek designed and taught a special interest media class to graduate students. Her academic publications in media and children’s media journals include: Educational Preschool Programming in the US: An Ecological and Evolutionary Story, Geographic Education for Preschoolers, Dora the Explorer: America’s Bilingual Role Model, Dora the Explorer: An Insiders’ Perspective, A Preschool Introduction to Media Literacy, and An Experimental Evaluation of the Math Curriculum in Dora the Explorer. She is also a contributor to The Future of Childhood report, TEDx speaker, and reviewer for the Journal of Children and Media.