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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Erica Fichter serves as Director of Recruitment for Fielding Graduate University, where she brings nearly 10 years of experience in graduate admissions and enrollment management for doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs. Erica works to develop and implement recruitment and yield strategies through cross-functional administrative and academic collaboration, student-focused process planning, and data-driven decision making. Prior to Fielding, Erica worked in progressive roles within the W. P. Carey School of Business Graduate Programs Office at Arizona State University (ASU), working with full-time and professional business programs, and serving most recently as Sr. Associate Director of Graduate Admissions. Erica was born and raised in Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Philosophy and earned a minor in...

Dr. Karla Hamlen is an Associate Professor of Educational Research in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at Cleveland State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research centers around human-computer interaction, media uses, and relationships to educational and psychological processes, preferences, and outcomes. She teaches graduate Educational Research, Statistics, Data-Based Decision Making, and New Media courses at Cleveland State University. SYMPOSIUM SESSION Considerations during a rapid move to remote learning in higher education amidst a crisis: A case study  ...

Deborah Scearce-Miles. With a BA in anthropology and psychology, an education minor, and a MA in psychology, Deborah's academic research is motivated by observations. Her interest in video games and her mother's memory issues led to some of Deborah's first academic research projects. Her passion for social justice fueled by her brush with economic hardship led to her interest in using media and art to positively impact perceptions of homelessness, poverty, and the state of child welfare in the US. Understanding the volunteers' motivations and those that advocate for these issues, Deborah suggests, is vital in designing solutions. SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: Volunteerism: Overcoming Cognitive Bias in Media  ...

Valerie Sanz is a Doctoral Student in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University pursuing research in the area of using media to persuade and evoke empathy and promote volunteerism with an emphasis on the homeless population. She has spent several years working with the homeless, providing crisis triage using intervention and de-escalation training designed to offer a warm hand-off to the appropriate resources. She currently volunteers at the Shalom Free Clinic and the Safe Space Winter Shelter furnishing much needed services to the homeless within her community. Valerie continues to support the homeless who are re-entering the workforce by providing job skills training along with an educational pathway for furthering their academic goals. SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS POSTER: The Motivations for Sharing Misinformation POSTER: Volunteerism:...

Cory Logston has her M.A. in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and is currently a Doctoral Student.  Cory's research focus is on media literacy for all ages and the psychology of digital storytelling.  She has a background in commercial production with 25 years as a set designer.  Her volunteer work includes Soroptimist International, the Newhall School District Site Council, and teaching music at Spotlight Arts Center. SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: The Motivations for Sharing Misinformation  ...

Tatyana El-Kour is a doctoral candidate in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, with a concentration in the social impact of mobile media and immersive technology. Her research focuses on the psychological mechanisms of digital behavior interventions relayed in diverse media for health and nutrition promotion. She continuously demonstrated the role of misinformation in creating chaos around implementing evidence-based interventions around health and nutrition. She brings over 15 years of experience in the United Nations and global humanitarian organizations. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment Research Fellowship for her project entitled: “Empowerment Matters: How Redefining Mothers’ Role in Crisis Can Help Save Lives.” SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: Digital Behavior Interventions in Augmented Reality Versus Non-Augmented Reality...

Ann Townsend has 25 years’ experience in the tech industry, most recently as a Senior Analyst and Lead Application Developer. Ann holds a medical AS; a BS in management with an emphasis in computer science, minor in Psychology; a MS and MBA with emphasis in information systems; and is currently in the Fielding Graduate University Media Psychology PhD program. She is a current member of the diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused Inclusion Council to the Office of the President, and is in Student Governance for her program. SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: Technology-Mediated Religiosity of Elderly in COVID-19 Social Isolation WEBSITE Fielding.edu  ...

Hang Duong is a junior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in psychology, who plans to pursue a doctorate degree in the field. Hang is a research assistant in the Media & Migration Lab whose research focuses on media influences on stereotypes and prejudice. SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: COVID-19 Fake News and Consumer Attitudes toward Asian Americans WEBSITE sciences.ucf.edu  ...

Chrysalis L. Wright, Ph.D. is the Director of the Media & Migration Lab and faculty member in the psychology department at the University of Central Florida. Her research centers around media (broadly defined) and technological influences on developmental processes and behavior. She can be reached at Chrysalis.Wright@ucf.edu. SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: COVID-19 Fake News and Consumer Attitudes toward Asian Americans WEBSITE sciences.ucf.edu  ...

Carlos González Velázquez, PhD, is an alumnus from the media psychology doctoral program at Fielding. His research focuses on narrative engagement. He developed the course Changing Hearts with Storytelling that he will be teaching in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension this coming winter. He has three published novels, the latest of which, Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love, won the 2019 Red Hen Press’ Quill Prose award. The work he is presenting at the symposium is based on the research for his doctoral dissertation, The Motivational Effect of Compassion on Securing Narrative Engagement. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband. SYMPOSIUM SESSION POSTER: The Motivational Effect of Compassion on Securing Narrative Engagement WEBSITE www.uclaextension.edu...