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Media Psychology Programs

Fielding’s Media Psychology programs enable students to enter at their qualification, readiness and goal levels. The PhD in Media Psychology program provides a research-based program that informs practice in an evolving field of study. The Masters of Arts in Media Psychology is 100% online, applies psychological science to media and technology landscapes. The 3-course Certificate in Media Psychology program is also 100% online, and offers emphases in Media Neuroscience and Brand Psychology & Audience Engagement.

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Real Characters: Parasocial Relationships During a Pandemic

Top narrative psychology scholars present and discuss their work on relationships with fictional characters

Top narrative psychology scholars present and discuss their work on relationships with fictional characters, especially related to how these so-called para-relationships meet psychological, relational and developmental needs for audience members. Speakers will comment and answer questions about how changes brought on by the pandemic might influence both the experience of parasocial relationships and prompt new research in this area.

Panelists: David Giles, Keith Oatley, David Ewoldsen, Bradley Bond, Gayle Stever, Lee Shackleford

Moderator: Karen Shackleford.  

Date, Time & Location: Thu, July 16, 2020. 1:00 – 2:15 pm (PT)

David Giles, PhD

David Giles, PhD

Reader, Department of Psychology at the University of Winchester
David Ewoldsen Ph.D.

David Ewoldsen, PhD

Professor in Media & Information at Michigan State University
Bradley J. Bond, PhD

Bradley J. Bond, PhD

Director of the aMP lab and a faculty member in the Communication Studies department at the University of San Diego
Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD

Karen Shackleford, PhD

Doctoral Faculty in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. And incoming editor of APA journal — Psychology of Popular Media
Gayle Stever, PhD

Gayle Stever, PhD

Associate Professor School for Undergraduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College
Ken Walker

Ken Walker

PhD student in Psychology with an emphasis in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University