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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. David Giles is a Reader in Media Psychology. After working for several years as a freelance music journalist for publications such as NME and the Independent, he studied Psychology at the University of Manchester and did a PhD with the University of Bristol looking at children's spelling. Wondering why there was so little research on the influence of the media on human behaviour, he began to develop the field of media psychology, with particular interest in the meanings that celebrity holds for audiences and for the celebrities themselves (Giles, 2000, 2002; Rockwell & Giles, 2009). Since then he has also explored the framing processes of news media (e.g. Giles & Shaw, 2009) and interaction in online mental health communities (Giles,...

Dr. Mary Myers is the Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC) Program Coordinator for Regent University, a degree program she is currently building and teaching. She also teaches a multitude of graduate courses in Regent University’s Philosophy of Communication Ph.D. program and undergraduate courses for the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication Media. Dr. Myers is a Research Associate for the Library of Congress' Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) project. Her award-winning research uncovered a previously unknown educational radio broadcast pioneer and is part of an ongoing effort to preserve radio broadcasting history. Her other research interests include crisis communication, parasocial phenomena, media psychology, social media, and nonverbal communication. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Publishing in Media Psych: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World WEBSITE

Josh Cohen is a graduate of Fielding Graduate University media psychology master’s program and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Behavioral Sciences department at SUNY Empire State College. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Publishing in Media Psych: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World WEBSITE

Gayle S. Stever is a psychology professor in the school of social and behavioral sciences at Empire State College/State University of New York. Her doctorate is in lifespan development psychology from Arizona State University. The focus of her career has been the study of fan/celebrity relationships and parasocial theory. She has published a number of articles in a variety of scholarly journals and a book entitled The Psychology of Celebrity. She is on the editorial board of The Psychology of Popular Media Culture, an APA journal. SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS Real Characters: Parasocial Relationships During a Pandemic Publishing in Media Psych: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World WEBSITE

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...