Fielding Graduate University

2020 De la Vina Street
Santa Barbara, California 93105
Admissions: 805-898-4026

Washington DC Offices
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003

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.

Learn More: Media Psychology

Dr. Pamela Rutledge is a scholar-practitioner, integrating her expertise in media psychology with 20+ years as a media producer. She applies behavioral, social and neuroscience to understanding the impact of media content and technology design and anticipating audience behaviors. Rutledge focuses on identifying human motivations, behavioral triggers and instinctive drives to inform messaging and data strategies that deliver actionable insights. In her capacity as a professional media psychologist, Dr. Rutledge consults with a variety of clients; data science team member at 20th Century Fox Films, persona development for the Oprah Winfrey Network, audience insights for Warner Bros., persona-based narrative strategies to disrupt terrorist messaging in social for the US Dept. of Defense, persuasive narratives to shift brand strategies for Saatchi and Saatchi,...

Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, speaker, published researcher, and both addiction and healthy digital device management specialist. He is a nationally certified Doctoral Addictions Counselor, Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor IV, and clinician/educator/program trainer. Dr. Grant is Executive Director of Resolutions Teen Center (an intensive adolescent/teen outpatient treatment program in Santa Monica, (, was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association "Early Career Achievement Award,” serves as co-chairman of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) "Device Management & Intelligence" committee, chairman of the Division 46 “Strategic Planning” committee, and has been commissioned (along with his co-author Dr. Joanne Broder) by APA to write the only book on "Healthy Device Management & The Practice of Good Digital...

Dr. Joanne Broder is dedicated to closing the gap between research and practice.  In 2017, she was President of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology of the American Psychological Association and launched the Device Management and Intelligence Committee.  In 2018, their work was recognized by the Top Ten Trends in Psychology list by the American Psychological Association. She is currently writing, a book on healthy relationships with technology and social media participation, which will be published in 2021.  For over 20 years, she has been consulting to public and private organizations by creating assessment tools to help them get the answers they need.  Her first book, Finish Your Dissertation, Don’t Let It Finish You! is the text she uses...