Gayle S. Stever is a psychology professor in the school of social and behavioral sciences at Empire State College/State University of New York. Her doctorate is in lifespan development psychology from Arizona State University. The focus of her career has been the study of fan/celebrity relationships and parasocial theory. She has published a number of articles in a variety of scholarly journals and a book entitled The Psychology of Celebrity. She is on the editorial board of The Psychology of Popular Media Culture, an APA journal.