"I loved the documentary, Screenagers. It combines smart insights and practical tips for raising happy, healthy, technologically-empowered teens."
“Hidden Pictures is a provocative film…I found myself immediately pulled in and deeply moved...”
- Glenn Close, Actress
Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, author and Stanford trained physician who has spent the past 25 years creating award-winning documentaries for social change--particularly on topics concerning mental health. Her most recent award-winning films include Screenagers, about solutions for healthy screen time, Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, about teen mental health, and Screenagers Under the Influence, about vaping, drugs, and alcohol in the digital age. To date, over 14 million youth and adults have gathered for community screenings of these films in 104 countries.
As a trusted expert on the area of youth and screen time, Delaney has been invited to speak at places such as Google, Facebook, The Aspen Institute, many national conferences, and medical and academic centers. Her views are often in the press, such as Good Morning America, NPR, New York Times and many others.
Her award winning PBS films Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, about her father, and Hidden Pictures, about global mental health were both the focus of advocacy campaigns, including with the World Health Organization. For her work in mental health advocacy Ruston has won several awards including from Harvard and Mental Health America.
Ruston, who is a Fulbright scholar, previously was a researcher in human communication and bioethics at UC San Francisco and then was faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine followed by Stony Brook School of Medicine, New York. Alongside filmmaking, Ruston has been providing care to underserved teens and adults in Seattle for the past 20 years.
“Ruston advances a movement to improve access to treatment and services, to protect patients’ dignity and human rights...”
‐ Paul Farmer, MD, Chair of the Department of Global Health at Harvard Medical School
“It's because of people like Delaney Ruston that hope is kept alive.”
‐ Jesse Close, Co-founder of
Bring Change 2 Mind
"Unlisted makes an incredibly important contribution to our understanding of mental illness in this country..."
- David Satcher, former US Surgeon General
Delaney Ruston chose her two career paths of primary care physician and documentary filmmaker for one reason: to help create positive change in people’s lives. Growing up in Berkeley with a single mom and a father with schizophrenia, she experienced adversity firsthand. Her family experiences, along with her experiences receiving medical care in free clinics, inspired her to pursue medicine.
Intrigued by personal documentaries from a young age, Delaney began studying filmmaking and made her first short film during her internal medicine residency at UC San Francisco. She went on to found MyDoc Productions and has made several award-winning short and feature-length documentaries. Her films focus on solutions to often-ignored health issues, particularly mental health.
Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained physician and international speaker who makes documentaries to foster social change. She is the creator of the award-winning films, Screenagers, about solutions for healthy screen time, Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, about improving the emotional wellbeing of today’s youth, and her newest film, Screenagers Under the Influence, which addresses vaping, drugs, and alcohol in the digital age. To date, over 14 million youth and adults have gathered for community screenings of these films in 104 countries. Dr. Ruston is a known expert on the topic of screen time and young people and is frequently in the press, such as Good Morning America, NPR, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others.
Delaney is an internationally recognized speaker on the effect of screen time on youth development and health issues. She has been invited to speak at The World Health Organization, Harvard, Google, TEDx, Facebook, The Aspen Institute, The United Nations and numerous other teaching institutions, businesses, and international organizations.
Examples of other award-winning documentaries include UNLISTED: A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA about her father and HIDDEN PICTURES about global mental health, both of which have been screened widely, aired on PBS, and were at the forefront of advocacy campaigns, including with the World Health Organization.
A nationally recognized mental health advocate, Dr. Ruston has received wide recognition from national mental health organizations including Harvard’s McLean National Council. She has also been awarded the Fountain House Associates Advocacy Award and Navos Expanding Horizon’s Award.
Delaney trained at Stanford Medical School, followed by an internal medicine residency at UC San Francisco and a fellowship in Bioethics and Communication. For over twenty years she has practiced medicine along with teaching medical students. She has been on the faculty of The University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and Stony Brook Medicine in New York State.
Delaney is Fulbright Scholar and has conducted health-related research for many years. Her research has been published in leading scientific journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Dr. Ruston currently lives with her family in Seattle, Washington where she continues to create films and social movements, as well as provide primary care to the underserved and homeless – which has been the focus of her medical work for many years.