Be part of the conversation that builds a better post-pandemic future.

This is a virtual conference. PARTICIPATE FROM ANYWHERE.

July 16 and 17, 2020, Fielding Graduate University

We are facing a new normal—a global cultural reset. Faced with social and physical distancing, we went from face-to-face to Facetime and Zoom at record speed without debate, discord or hesitation. Media and technology have become the lifelines to work, healthcare, education, entertainment, social and interpersonal ties, and commerce. Use of social media and online platforms is ubiquitous and fluid, across and beyond apps, platforms and devices. Increased use of digitally mediated environments is accelerating existing and emerging trends such as data modeling, surveillance and AI.

The drive to connect socially is uniting families and friends using video calling and live-streaming. People are connecting with fictional characters, storyworlds and celebrities at this time when in-person contact is limited. Social media is an increasingly powerful voice for current societal challenges, such as the front-line realities of doctors and nurses and the social disparities in treatment, while also enabling the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories. All of this is upending business, governments, politics, and our societal expectations.

Previous standards about media consumption are challenged as we focus on relieving anxiety and increasing well-being. Adversity has created challenges but ignited a range of innovations and experiments from Instagram Dance Parties to widespread online education that may redefine K-12 education. Augmented and virtual realities may become viable options for group events.

Yet, people and systems are already adapting to environmental pressures to survive and even thrive. As scholars and practitioners at the nexus of psychology, media, and technology, we have a unique opportunity to influence the next ‘build’, to emphasize the role of psychology, social justice and human flourishing as the criteria for new media and technology structures and content.

The Media Psychology PhD Program at Fielding Graduate University is inviting submissions for panels that include 3-4 short presentations or submissions for short presentations that we will group thematically to create panels. These presentations should explore the intersections among psychology, media and technology as we face the cultural, social and interpersonal challenges of the post-pandemic normal. In addition, we welcome short, pre-recorded presentations This is a space for the presentation of research, discussion, dialogue, brainstorming and reflection among scholars, students and professionals who are thinking and working through this unprecedented time of worldwide change.


Share your area of expertise with a global community.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • AR/VR Immersive Realities
  • Audience Engagement
  • Badges & Blockchain
  • Brand Psychology
  • Crisis Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Freedom & Technology
  • Influencers and Parasocial Relationships
  • Media Literacy
  • Narratives and Storytelling
  • Positive Media
  • Privacy & Ethics
  • Social Media
  • Telehealth
  • Technology and Behavior Change
  • Transmedia Narratives
  • Trust & Misinformation
  • Virtual Education and Training
  • Wearables, Mobile Apps & Identity

Join this important event.

Submission deadline June 15, 2020.

Fielding Graduate University

Virtual Media Psychology Symposium

Participate from anywhere.

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