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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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Valerie Sans

Valerie Sans

Valerie Sans

PhD student in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University


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.


POSTER: The Motivations for Sharing Misinformation

POSTER: Volunteerism: Overcoming Cognitive Bias in Media