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For the past 15 years, Ruston has been a sought-after speaker, weaving together compelling stories with cutting-edge science to inspire audiences to rethink their assumptions and gain tools for action.


At SCREENAGERS, NEXT CHAPTER, and UNDER THE INFLUENCE film events, Delaney shares surprising science and humorous stories that illustrate key solutions for better tech balance. She shares effective tools that have helped thousands of parents effectively address screen time issues with their kids, derived from Ruston’s 25 years as a physician and 12 years as a researcher of screen time solutions.


Topics Include:

  • The Secrets of Parenting Successful Screenagers

  • The Surprising Science of Screen Time and Children’s Development

  • Enhancing the Mental Health of Digital Natives

  • How Schools and Businesses can Promote Tech Balance

  • Workshops for Youth and Teens -- Harnessing Their Solutions For Finding Balance in a Tech Revolution


With her films UNLISTED, about her dad with schizophrenia and HIDDEN PICTURES, about global mental health, Delaney has been invited to speak to groups around the world. She has used these films, in partnership with places such as NAMI and The World Health Organization, in creating campaigns to help raise awareness of the needs of families impacted by mental health challenges.


Topics Include:

  • Global Mental Health - Lessons that Cross All Borders

  • Where Mental Health Care Stands Today—insights from a daughter, doctor, and advocate

  • Why Sharing Our Stories Stops Toxic Shame

  • Why Mental Illness Doesn’t Tear Families Apart, Lack of Services Does


"Insightful, entertaining and uncannily honest, Delaney’s talk and Q & A made all the difference for our parent education event."

"Dr. Ruston’s keynote was fabulous. I received great feedback!"

- Stephanie Landau

Co-Chair, Parent Ed Committee, Dwight-Englewood School

- Debra Webb

Executive Director,

Key Clubhouse of

South Florida

"Delaney Ruston's opening keynote electrified and focused our annual conference of educators."

- Thomas Rochon

President, Educational Records Bureau

EXAMPLES OF TALKS IN 2022 - 2024 //
Screenagers, Ankeny Community School District

Feb 22, 2024

Screenagers Under The Influence, NCCE Seattle, WA

Feb 16, 2024

Northeast Washington Educational Service District

Aug 1, 2023

Screenagers Under The Influence, Walt Whitman H.S., Bethesda, MA

May 4, 2023

Screenagers Under The Influence, Bret Harte M.S., San Jose, CA 

April 5, 2023

Seattle Premier of Screenagers Under The Influence

April 3, 2023

Screenagers Under The Influence, Lark Theather, Larkspur, CA

April 4, 2023

Blake School, Minneapolis, MN

March 13, 2023

Young Professional Organization (YPO), Greenwich, CT

March 8, 2023

Canadian Women in Medicine (CWIM)

February 24, 2023

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Winnipeg, Canada

February 13, 2023

Integrative Psychiatry Institute

August 22, 2022

Office of the Superintendent District 26, NY

May 17, 2022

John Burroughs School

March 1, 2022

Wellington School, OH

March 28, 2022

Orchard Park Central School

March 9-10, 2022

East Aurora School District

March 7-8, 2022

Gottman Institute, WA

May 16, 2022

Bush School, WA

April 30, 2022

Cenovus Company, Canada

April 26, 2022

San Francisco Friends School

April 7, 2022

ESC Region 13 Conference

January 1, 2022

Companies and Organizations

The United Nations, Google, Pixar, Facebook, Genentech, YPO Ottawa, Young Entrepreneur's Organization Hong Kong, The Gates Foundation, TEDx Seattle, The CDC, Grant Halliburton Foundation, Beyond School Hours Texas, Educational Records Bureau, Sellen Co...

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Schools and Universities

Hinsdale School District, LA Unified School District, Royal College of London, Sidwell Friends School, DC, Harvard University, The Bush School, WA, NYU Medical School, Newburyport School District, University of Washington, Duke University, University o...

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Health and Mental Health Organizations

The World Health Organization (WHO), American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Conference, Center For Disease Control (CDC), School Safety Summit, WA, International Student Counselor Association, The American Psychiatric Association's ...

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