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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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Ken is a second-year PhD student in Psychology with an emphasis in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. His interest is in educational digital storytelling as a means of narrative persuasion towards personal and social transformation. Ken’s research focus includes understanding the relationship of audience with protagonist in light of experience-taking, and the impact on belief change. SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS Parasocial Relationships: Conversation with Four Authors of Real Characters Real Characters: Parasocial Relationships During a Pandemic  ...

Janet de Merode brings over 25 years of experience working on problems of poverty in Africa and Asia to her current teaching and research in psychology.  Of particular interest to her are methods to improve access of needy populations to health services and education.  She formerly served as Director of the Population, Health and Nutrition research department of the World Bank, and prior to that, led teams responsible for public health and education investment in West Africa.  After working in over 20 low-income countries, she became convinced that health and social justice -- particularly of poor and disenfranchised populations -- was underserved in public policy and research agendas, and that the media technologies could bring innovative approaches. Educated at Northwestern and...

Scott Garner is a senior programming and brand strategist, with 25 years of experience in content curation, marketing and research for leading Fortune 500 companies. Scott uses a data- driven approach to build competitive and strategic business plan that define, differentiate and accentuate a brand, and successfully connect with consumers. Garner currently runs his own consulting firm, Conqueror Media, focused on helping both large and small clients navigate the rapidly evolving media and entertainment industry. He specializes in consumer insight and primary research, trend tracking, competitive landscape analysis, content library management, domestic and international program strategy and content acquisitions, film festival planning, and management. Scott served as Theatre Director and MC for the French TV programming presentation at COLCOA (City...

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,...

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. 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 https://www.regent.edu/...

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...

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...