I am am a media psychologist, the 2015 president for the American Psychological Associations’ Society for Media Psychology and Technology, and co-author of the soon to be released books, The Science of Audience Engagement
and Mad Men Unzipped
Passionate about social media, technology, and digital environments, I research and consult on how we communicate, connect, and find balance in changing environments. As a psychologist I applies theory, practice, and research to humanizing the technological landscape and digital experience.
I am a faculty member of Fielding Graduate University’s Media Psychology program and a senior research fellow at the Media Psychology Research Center, a research and consulting organization helping companies create positive and effective media, messaging, and technology. I frequently speak internationally on psychological components and influences of media and technology on human behavior. As a consultant I examine the cultural influence on human behavior and digital media, virtual communities and augmented reality, connection through social media communities, the psychology behind effective communication design, new and changing learning communities, and how to create solid user experience design.
I am always interested with how we connect, form relationships, communicate, and make meaning in digital environments. I enjoy extending the conversation through writing, speaking, teaching, and research. In general I am interested in our lived experiences and enjoy hearing the individual stories of how we engage.
I write for both academic and popular audiences grounding my writing in psychology, science, research, and story. I am currently co-authoring the Science of Audience Engagement with Dr. Rutledge and recently co-authored Mad Men Unzipped about Mad Men fans engagement and how they meaning of their lives through watching the show. I author a blog on Psychology Today.com called “The Digital Life” and regularly engage with reporters on current topics in media psychology and technology. Recent interviews include The Atlantic, US News and World Report, Self Magazine, Internet Magazine, and Cosmopolitan.
I regularly speak on audience engagement, augmented reality, media and technology issues with privacy and ethics, learning environments, media psychology and technology for good, and how we interface with technology.
I began my career studying engineering and then made the unusual jump to advertising and public relations. While it might not have made sense at the time it fueled my interest the science and technology behind how we are driven to connect and communicate. With experience in design and usability I discovered the newly emerging field of Media Psychology. I have been researching and teaching in Media Psychology and Technology ever since. My passion remains in how we connect and make meaning in digital environments (which is not also coming to mean through digital environments). I enjoy the dialogue with others on the topic and continue to uncover new areas for research and understanding.