Fielding Graduate University

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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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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...

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...

Elizabeth L. Cohen joined the WVU faculty in 2012. She specializes in media psychology. Broadly, she researches audiences’ cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses to different types of media content—including news and social media messages. Elizabeth specializes in studying people’s responses to pop culture and entertainment such as movies, graphic novels, celebrity news, reality TV, and digital games. Popular media culture is often criticized as being unhealthy or a waste of time, but her research tends to emphasize the positive effects that entertainment media has on educational outcomes, social relationships, and people’s health and well-being. Some of her special interests include people’s psychological attachments to fictional characters and celebrities, emotional effects of media consumption, narrative persuasion processes, fandom, presumed media influence, television...

Dr. Joanne Broder is dedicated to closing the gap between research and practice.  In 2017, she was President of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology of the American Psychological Association and launched the Device Management and Intelligence Committee.  In 2018, their work was recognized by the Top Ten Trends in Psychology list by the American Psychological Association. She is currently writing, a book on healthy relationships with technology and social media participation, which will be published in 2021.  For over 20 years, she has been consulting to public and private organizations by creating assessment tools to help them get the answers they need.  Her first book, Finish Your Dissertation, Don’t Let It Finish You! is the text she uses...

Craig Anderson is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University. His early work focused on attribution theory and social judgment processes. His current work focuses on the General Aggression Model, a bio-social-cognitive model integrating aggression theories from social, personality, developmental, and cognitive psychology. Much of his recent empirical work involves media effects.  In 2017, Dr. Anderson received the Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Psychological Issues, for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action." In 2018, Dr. Anderson received the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Distinguished Scholar Award. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Panel: The Psychology of Popular Media. Day 1: July 16 @ 11:15am to 12:00pm WEBSITE