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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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Dr. Aiden Hirshfield is a Media Psychologist based in Portland, OR. He works with large and small businesses, entrepreneurs, and grass-roots organizations to bring a deeper understanding of media and inclusion to their projects. Whether you’re a large organization trying to increase customer engagement, a non-profit who wants to build stronger relationships with their donors, or a tech company that needs to rumble on gender and sexual diversity, Dr. Aiden brings his experience and professionalism to every challenge. Dr. Aiden has a unique background in the field of Media Psychology, both as an industry professional, as well as, an accomplished scholar. His focus on gender and sexual diversity comes from a personal passion and dedication to his community which is accompanied...

Susan J. Eddington, PhD is a Media Psychologist whose research and practice interests include media representations, media effects, inter-group relations, social identity, adolescent identity development, and media literacy. Her dissertation research was a study of media representations of Black women on television and how these representations can impact the well-being of Black women and girls. Her current projects include a documentary, Against the Odds: The Power of Community to Overcome, a look at how citizen activism can lead to environmental justice; and MASCITEC, an initiative to encourage interest in STEM related careers for Black adolescent girls. SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS Conversation Hour: Social Justice, Media & the New Normal Short Talk: Media Representations, Modern Racism, Militarized Policing: A Lethal Mix. WEBSITE

Regina M. Tuma is a member of the doctoral faculty in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She is a social psychologist with interests in perception, cognition, Gestalt theory, and the history of psychology as a source of innovation for media psychology. Current research interests include the psychology of social media; psychology and the critique of Big Data; critical approaches to media psychology; social media research methods; social representation theory and Bartlett’s serialization method as epistemological approaches to social media research; relationship between mind (cognition) and technology; the cognitive and social psychological aesthetics of social media; social media activism; and social media as public culture. Her social justice interests include: the perils of predictive analytics; differential use and impact of Big Data culture...

Karen Shackleford is a social psychologist who studies the social construction of reality via media. For example, she studies how people’s beliefs, attitudes and ideas are influenced by our consumption of fictional narratives in all of their forms. She also investigates the relationship between being a fan or consumer of popular culture fiction and positive outcomes such as well-being, empowerment and positive belief change. Ultimately, she is interested in better understanding how our interactions and relationships with characters and stories can change us. She has focused particular attention on our understanding of social categories such as race, gender and sexual orientation in the media shapes our social thinking, including that related to identity, stereotypes, prejudice and well-being. In addition to...