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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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K. Melchor Hall is a faculty member in the Human and Organizational Development programs in Fielding Graduate University's School of Leadership Studies. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center. Outside of the academy, she is a member of the Soul Fire Farm Speakers Collective, speaking out against racism in the food system, and the Northeast Farmers of Color network, advocating for land-based justice and reparations for Black and indigenous communities. She is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness, and co-editor with Gwyn Kirk of the forthcoming Mapping Gendered Ecologies: Engaging with and beyond Feminist and Womanist Perspectives. [PHOTO CREDIT: Heratch Ekmekjian, from Heratch Photography in Waltham, MA] SYMPOSIUM SESSION The New Normal: Empowered Online Learning and the...

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...

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...

Mark Smyth is the 50th President of the Psychological Society of Ireland. He is also a Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist with a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service. Mark has spent 17 years specializing in working with young people with mental health difficulties, young people in the care of the state and juvenile detention centres. He has a deep interest in anxiety, suicide and the psychology of social media, politics & policing. Mark is a member of the PSI Communications and Events group and is a frequent contributor in the media on mental health and psychology matters. He is an advisor to SpunOut.ie, the ISPCC and Rugby Players Ireland Tackle Your Feelings Campaign. You can find out more about Mark’s work...

Danielle S. McNamara is a Professor of Psychology in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University.  She has published over 450 scholarly works (books, journal articles, chapters, proceedings) on topics related to educational technologies (see adaptiveliteracy.com), game-based learning, reading comprehension, writing, text and learning analytics, and natural language processing (see soletlab.asu.edu). Dr. McNamara has served as an associate editor for five academic journals, and currently serves as the founding editor of APA’s Technology, Mind, and Behavior (/tmb.apaopen.org). SYMPOSIUM SESSION Panel: Technology, Mind, and Behavior. Day 1: July 16 @ 11:15am to 12:00pm WEBSITE http://soletlab.com...

Rachel Kowert, Ph.D is the research director of Take This. She has published and spoken on a range of topics relating to the uses and effects of digital games, including its impact on physical, social, and psychological well-being. She has published several books and scientific articles relating to the psychology of games and, more recently, the relationship between games and mental health specifically. Her most recent book, A Parent’s Guide to Video Games, won an INDIES award in the science category. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Panel: Video Games during the Plague. Day 1: July 16 @ 9:30 to 10:15 am WEBSITE https://www.rkowert.com/ ...

Dr Linda K. Kaye is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University. She is currently Chair of the British Psychological Society's Cyberpsychology Section. Her research is broadly in the area of cyberpsychology, on the psychology of digital gaming and online behaviour. More specifically, she explores how online settings such as digital games may promote social inclusion and aspects of well-being. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Panel: Video Games during the Plague. Day 1: July 16 @ 9:30 to 10:15 am WEBSITE https://lindakkaye.wixsite.com/dr-linda-kaye ...

Chris Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University. He has published numerous articles related to media effects ranging from video game violence to thin-ideal media, to sexualization in media. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and president elect of The Society of Media Psychology and Technology. He has authored several books on psychology including Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong as well as How Madness Shaped History. He also authored a mystery novel set in 15th century Florence called Suicide Kings. He lives in Orlando with his wife and son. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Panel: Video Games during the Plague. Day 1: July 16 @ 9:30 to 10:15 am WEBSITE http://www.christopherjferguson.com/ ...

Dr Pete Etchells. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Panel: Video Games during the Plague. Day 1: July 16 @ 9:30 to 10:15 am ...