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 PhD Media Psychology
Jon Cabiria

"Since graduating, the opportunities to achieve my goals have only increased, and the timeline to achieve them has been remarkably shorter. I now face the enviable dilemma of how to choose from so many excellent opportunities."

-Jon Cabiria, PhD, Alumnus
Be a Pioneer in an Emerging Field
Students in Media Psychology are pioneering one of the most innovative branches of psychology. They study how people behave and respond to different forms of media communication—including the Internet, media innovation and immersive technology. You can be part of this exciting new field. Our students, faculty, and alumni are creating and defining the future of this field. Together they are turning media psychology into a major influence in psychology.

Balance Your Studies with Your Busy Life
You don’t have to move or quit your job to study at Fielding. Coursework is offered in a distance learning environment, making it possible for you to balance your studies with the demands of work, family, and community commitments. There are also plenty of opportunities to network and collaborate with faculty and peers both online and face-to-face.

Customize Your Learning Experience
You can tailor your degree to follow your passions and achieve your goals. You will partner with faculty to create a customized plan of study and research. You may also elect to study popular topics, including: immersive media & augmented reality, media literacy, social impacts of technology, and the psychology of Neuromarketing. We encourage you to use what you already know to inform your research.

Media Psychology is a non-clinical program and is not intended to provide the requirements for licensure.

Program Highlights

Collaborate with a Diverse Community
You will join a vigorous community of expert faculty, students, and professional alumni who represent a rich tapestry of social, ethnic, and cultural perspectives. You will discover a wide range of research and professional opportunities from the multidisciplinary expertise of our faculty whose backgrounds include social marketing, brand psychology, media strategy, audience engagement, social storytelling, and more.

Use Your Degree to Enter Exciting New Fields
Throughout business, government, and nonprofit organizations, there is a growing need for professionals with expertise in how media impacts human behavior. As a PhD, you become a source of new knowledge, able to produce original research that will influence the way people think and work. Our students are developing the skills and knowledge that leads to careers in a variety of fields that include academia and research, advocacy through foundations and NGOs, Fortune 500 strategic roles, innovations in public information, and social storytelling.

Goals & Objectives

When you graduate, you will have the following skills and knowledge:
  • Ability to identify research questions that are important and amenable to investigation
  • Capability for research design and methods to get at the core of a question
  • A grounding in the existing body of psychological knowledge
  • Ability to design, carry out, and communicate independent scholarly research
  • An original contribution to the discipline of media psychology.
  • Understanding and application of psychology theories to communication concepts, principles, theories, processes, influence and impact of media technologies

What Do Our Students Study?

View a partial list of student dissertations, written on the path toward earning their PhD.
  • The Impact of the Visual Display of Nutrition Information: Will Simpler Make it Better?
  • Therapists' Experience with Online Video Therapy with Emphasis on Nonverbal Behavior, Self-Disclosure, and Rapport
  • Video Modeling for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-analysis
  • Puzzle Video Gameplay and Verbal Reasoning: Leveling Up in the Real World
  • Has Social Media Begun To Sponsor" Addiction Recovery?: A Study of Face-to-Face Versus Online Sobriety Support"
  • Two Kinds of Presence: A Comparative Analysis of Face-to-Face and Technology Based Mediated Communication Methods and the Executive Coaching Experience
  • Relationships of Psychological Well-Being, Social Morals, and Personality among Religious and Non-Religious Individuals
  • Adolescents' Meta-Perspectives of Media Immersion
  • An Exploratory Study of Therapist Perceptions of the Differences in Therapeutic Alliance between Videoconference Therapy and Face-to-Face Therapy
  • The Neurophysiological Effect of Emotional Ads on the Brains of Late Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Narrative Consistency and Trust in Political Communications
  • Manufactured Dissent: An Analysis of the Tea Party Movement, Special Interest Agenda- Setting, and the Enabling Factors Provided by Mass Media Coverage
  • An Examination of a Relationship between Cosmetic Surgery-Related Reality Television Show Viewing and American Women's Desire for Cosmetic Surgery

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