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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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Linda Durnell, PhD

Virtual Media Psychology Symposium / Linda Durnell, PhD
Linda Durnell, PhD

Linda Durnell, PhD

Media Psychologist


As a media psychologist, Dr. Durnell offers analysis on the impact technology and media can have on human behavior in the areas of healthcare, strategic communications and global social change.  Working with the newly formed World Health Organization’s (WHO) Digital Health Roster of Experts, Dr. Durnell is involved in strategic approaches in addressing digital health and areas for intervention and adoption of digital health solutions and products.  Her understanding and experience include all areas of technology—digital health, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, telemedicine and social change and ethics in the technology ecosystem.  As an adjunct faculty teaching graduate students, she focuses on the theoretical basis behind the arguments related to behavioral change and understands the necessity of teaching the complexities of media and technology and its influence on society.  Dr. Durnell is also recognized for building high-performing communication, and social change initiatives in Silicon Valley, at Apple Computer and with innovation-driven start-ups.  Dr. Durnell has presented her research at Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, and is a speaker at Amazon Lab126 and at technology (AWE) and psychology (APA) conferences.  She consults with the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and Joint Staff to promote technology-driven solutions for warfighters.


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