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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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Gayle Stever, PhD

Gayle Stever, PhD

Gayle Stever, PhD

Associate Professor School for Undergraduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College


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.


Real Characters: Parasocial Relationships During a Pandemic

Publishing in Media Psych: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World