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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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Mr. Caplan is an award-winning television writer and Executive Producer of popular prime-time comedies. He co-developed and serves as writer/Executive Producer of ABC's The Conners. He was a writer/Co-Executive on the reboot of Roseanne, which was the most-watched scripted TV show of the 2018-2019 season.  While at Warner Bros Television, Caplan served as writer/Executive Producer on the ABC hit comedies George Lopez and The Drew Carey Show.  Among many accomplishments, Mr. Caplan was awarded the Humanitas Certificate for the George Lopez episode.  He is currently completing his PhD in media psychology, researching the ability of video storytelling to create empathy. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Conversation Hour: Society, Technology & COVID-19: Short Term Solution or Long-Lasting Impact? WEBSITE https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-caplan-ab138195/...

Dr. Caryn Wiley-Rapoport is the founder of SYGNYFY, and adjunct faculty at Fielding Graduate University in Media Psychology. She is an advocate of innovative research with a human-centered focus to differentiating insights at the intersection of people with media, technology, brand, and product experiences. Believe in the strategic power of data to inform, inspire, and increase the effectiveness of consumer experience. Passionate about emerging media technology and using data to understand the motivations of people as they incorporate media and technology into their identity. Driven to help brands and non-profits authentically add value to people's experience, create positive outcomes, and social change. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Friday Conversation Hour: Society, Technology & COVID-19: Short Term Solution or Long-Lasting Impact? WEBSITE https://www.linkedin.com/in/carynwiley/...

I use narratives to design the mind’s relationship with products and create brands. The things we purchase, the services we use and the nonprofits we support do more than fill a need. They tell our life stories to others and, more importantly, to ourselves. They confirm what we care about. They validate the kind of person we want to be. The difference between a product and brand is how we integrate it into our own narratives. Our choice of laptop can suggest we’re creative or pragmatic. The nonprofit we support may affirm how much we care about underserved populations. That tutoring service we hire for our children helps relieve us of the need to relearn how to take the SATs. Whether they’re mints...

Diana Graber is the author of “Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology”(HarperCollins Leadership, 2019). She is the founder of CyberWise.org and CyberCivics.com, two organizations dedicated to helping adults and students learn digital citizenship and literacy skills. Her popular and innovative digital literacy curriculum, Cyber Civics, is currently being taught in 45 US states and internationally. A long-time media producer, Graber is a regular speaker and writer on digital media topics. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology, she teaches middle school Cyber Civics classes at Journey School in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA, and an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change...

As a media psychologist, Dr. Durnell offers analysis on the impact technology and media can have on human behavior in the areas of healthcare, strategic communications and global social change.  Working with the newly formed World Health Organization’s (WHO) Digital Health Roster of Experts, Dr. Durnell is involved in strategic approaches in addressing digital health and areas for intervention and adoption of digital health solutions and products.  Her understanding and experience include all areas of technology—digital health, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, telemedicine and social change and ethics in the technology ecosystem.  As an adjunct faculty teaching graduate students, she focuses on the theoretical basis behind the arguments related to behavioral change and understands the necessity of teaching the...

David Peck is the Vice President for University Relations at Azusa Pacific University. He has also taught for the past six years with Azusa Pacific, Fielding, and UCLA. With degrees in business and psychology, Peck’s expertise lies in branding, marketing, public relations, social media, and visual storytelling. For 18 years, he has been responsible for promoting and protecting the brand at Azusa Pacific University. Peck and his team have received numerous CASE, Telly, and UCDA awards throughout his tenure. Prior to higher education, Peck was involved in distribution, exhibition, and marketing at Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (Walt Disney Co.) as well as United Artists Theatres (now a part of the Regal Entertainment Group). SYMPOSIUM SESSION Friday Conversation Hour: Society, Technology & COVID-19:...

Tunisha Singleton, PhD is a marketing communications professional with over 10 years of experience blended in business development, strategic partnerships, creative services and brand management. Like a 1-2 punch, Dr. Singleton is equally seasoned in data insight and marketing strategy with an eye to turn blue sky ideas into tangible results. In 2017, she earned a Ph.D. in Media Psychology, specializing in fan identification and digital disruption in sports/eSports. She consults within various industries including sports marketing, social advocacy, e-commerce, and immersive technology. In her work with clients, Dr. Singleton has helped with consumer growth and retention, identifying new whitespace opportunities leveraging tech innovation, and ways to refine content strategies in order to meet today’s patterns of media consumption and brand engagement. Dr....

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,...

Jerri Lynn Hogg is the Director of Fielding Graduate University’s Media Psychology program. She consults in the areas of cultural influence on human behavior and digital media; virtual communities and augmented reality; connection through social media communities; the psychology behind effective communication design; new and changing learning communities; and how to create solid user experience design. Passionate about social media, technology, and digital environments, Dr. Hogg researches and consults on how we communicate, connect, and find balance in changing environments. As a psychologist, she applies theory, practice, and research to humanizing the technological landscape and digital experience. Dr. Hogg is a media psychologist. She is the 2015 president for the American Psychological Associations’ Society for Media Psychology and Technology, and co-author...