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Angela Patterson, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Santa Barbara, CA, US

Angela Patterson, Ph.D.

Associate Faculty, School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA, UNITED STATES

Media Psychologist and Professional Communicator






Master's in OD&L Faculty Intro Dr Angela Patterson




Dr. Angela Patterson is a writer and communicator with more than 15 years of experience in journalism, marketing, public relations and corporate communications. A former newspaper reporter, Angela transitioned into corporate communications, working at Fortune 500 companies in the automotive space before moving into the nonprofit world. Currently, she serves as the director of communications for First United Methodist Church Dallas. Using her communications background, she also serves as adjunct faculty in the master’s program for Organization Development and Leadership at Fielding Graduate University.

Angela earned a doctorate in media psychology from Fielding, where she studied how media and technology affect cultural institutions. Specifically, her research focuses on how digital media impacts the religious and spiritual development of adolescents and young adults. Angela also holds a master’s degree in media psychology from Fielding, a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. Angela lives in Dallas, Texas and is a proud plant mom of two. Find her on Instagram at @drangelapatterson.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Vendor/Agency Management

Relationship Building & Management

Journalism for Internal & External Audiences

Digital/Social Media Strategy & Execution

Branding and Promotions

Community Outreach

Executive-level Communications

Internal Communications

Strategic PR Planning & Measurement

Education (4)

Fielding Graduate University: Ph.D., Media Psychology 2021

Fielding Graduate University: M.A., Media Psychology 2017

Indiana University: M.A., Journalism 2003

University of Southern Mississippi: B.A., Journalism 2002

Affiliations (4)

  • First United Methodist Church Dallas : Director of Communications, 2018 - present
  • Nashville Women of Color in Communications : Founder, 2014
  • American Psychological Association : Member
  • Association of Psychological Science : Member