About Us

Dr. Erik M. Gregory

Dr. Gregory is Executive Director of the Media Psychology Research Center. He specializes in positive psychology, a field that examines healthy human functioning such as courage, hope, optimism, and happiness. He has worked internationally with children and adolescents as a psychotherapist and has consulted with leaders in higher education, media, and business to improve personal and professional functioning.

Dr. Gregory received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has held appointments with the National Cancer Institute in Hawaii, the Spencer Foundation, and the University of Chicago. He completed his clinical internship at the Tavistock Institute in London where he worked as a consultant to the entertainment industry and a leader in the treatment of refugee children suffering from trauma.

Dr. Gregory can be reached at [email protected]

Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Dr. Rutledge is Director of the Media Psychology Research Center.  She is a pioneer in the field of media psychology and consults on a variety of media projects identifying audience needs and data strategies. She researches and publishes on the psychological implications of interactive and social media technologies and multi-platform/multi-screen storytelling.  Dr. Rutledge applies her knowledge of human behavior, cognition, and neuroscience to brand development and storytelling, transmedia strategies and audience engagement.  Clients include 20th Century Fox Films, Warner Bros., Oprah Winfrey Network, Vodafone, Children’s Hospital Boston, KCET, and New Leaders Council.

Dr. Rutledge is faculty at Fielding Graduate University.  She has published both academic and popular work, including chapters in the International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology, the Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology, and Global Mobile.  A blogger for PsychologyToday.com, she is also a frequent expert source for the media on social media, technology and popular culture, including NY Times, The UK Guardian, BBC4, HuffPost Live, PC World, Seventeen Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Good Morning AmericaABCnews.com, Toronto Sun, Education Week, and USAToday.

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Dr. Rutledge can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @pamelarutledge. and @mediapsychology.

Advisors & Inspiration


Gary Goldberger

As Partner, Vice President and Director of Production at FableVision, Goldberger oversees the production and technology related to the creation and distribution of educational media into schools, museums, and broadcast markets. His film credits include The Dot (2003, Director), Ish (2004, Director) both co-productions with Weston Woods/Scholastic, He Was Me (2003, Executive Producer), as well as The Blue Shoe (1999, Director) and Living Forever (2002, Director), which have been honored in over 70 film festivals worldwide and have been broadcast nationally and internationally.


Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds has built several successful multiple media companies that serve children and adults. After founding and running Cosmic Blender, an adult eLearning firm, for eighteen years, Reynolds founded FableVision in 1996 with his identical twin brother, Peter H. Reynolds. Reynolds provides creative strategy and branding development for the firm’s award-winning products and projects, which include web, CD-ROM, kiosk, broadcast, film, books, and classroom products.

Senior Research Fellows

Dr. Jerri Lynn Hogg, Bay Path College and Fielding Graduate University

Jerri Lynn Hogg is on the media psychology faculty at Fielding Graduate University and professor of media psychology at Bay Path College as well as an international presenter speaking about the cultural influence on human behavior and digital media, virtual communities and worlds, effective communication design, learning communities, and multimedia design. Passionate about the impact of social media environments, she continues to develop curriculum that can cross cultural and regional barriers. As a psychologist, Jerri Lynn researches and consults on the convergence of psychology, technology, education, and culture with a special concentration on human behaviors in digital environments. She is also an instructor at UC Irvine Extension, teaching Social Media and Audience Profiling. Jerri Lynn holds a PhD and MA in media psychology from Fielding Graduate University and an MS in Communications from Bay Path College.

Dr. Marc Giudici

Marc Giudici, PhD, MS, MA, NCC is a Nationally Certified Counselor with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mississippi Gulf Coast. Giudici earned his Master in Counseling Psychology Degree at the University of Mississippi and has recently earned his Masters in Media Psychology Degree through Fielding University.  Since Katrina, Giudici’s passion, time, and research have been focused on the Hurricane Katrina survivors and relief effort. He spent the initial year post-storm on the Gulf Coast working with the Survivors of Katrina providing mental health services and assisting the long term planning and recovery process. Marc is fueled, inspired, and humbled by the resilience, post-trauma growth, and forward thinking of people along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  As a result of his experience with Katrina survivors, Giudici is in the final stage of developing in an assessment tool that mines for strengths and assets of those that have experienced trauma to be used in the future to assist with post-recovery efforts. In addition, Giudici is committed to promoting the evolving field of Media Psychology and its role in psychology. He has been invited to speak at the Mississippi Conference on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as guest lecturer providing Media Psychology rich information and interventions for those that are working with this difficult population. Giudici’s previous research focused on developing medication compliance profiles using selected scales from the MMPI-2 with the Veteran population. He continues to work in this area.

Dr. Cynthia Hagan

Cynthia Hagan received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University and PhD in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.  Previously adjunct faculty at Fielding Graduate University masters program in Media Psychology, she has an employment background in clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and forensic psychology.  Also, Hagan is a published author and an optioned screenwriter.  Her current research interests include the impact of media narrative on resilience and optimism, the influence of media on human rights, and the emotional impact of still photography.

Dr. Leo Chan, University of Houston Clear Lake

Leo Chan earned his Ph.D in Mass Communication and Media Arts. His dissertation focused on intercultural communication, media effects, and children’s television programming. Chan, a native from Hong Kong, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Program and Digital Media Studies at University of Houston – Clear Lake. His convergence of experiences in mass communication and media arts have stimulated his teaching and research interests in media effects, media and society, multimedia design, intercultural communication, visual communication, and international media. He was also nominated for the university wide teaching award in 2004.  In addition to his full time teaching position, Chan has been active in research that has resulted in a number of conference presentations nationally and internationally, and more are currently out on review. He enjoys both activities immensely. He was also involved in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters as a big brother for two years.