Check out four leading experts from Fielding Graduate University in this month’s The Actuary

May 22, 2019

1 min

Karen Shackleford, Ph.D.Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D.Regina Tuma, Ph.D.

Getting published is one thing but having four of your top experts all appearing in a leading industry publication in one issue – it’s a real badge of honor.

That’s right, four of Fielding’s experts each had an article published in the April/May edition of The Actuary.

Social Media Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Personality and habits can influence whether social media is good or bad for an individual.

Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD, Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology at Fielding

The Power of the Positive

Using technology to improve lives—and media psychology to understand how.

Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, Program Director - Media Psychology at Fielding

You Can Learn a Lot by Listening

Use narrative analysis to understand the “why” in consumer behavior trends.

Pamela Rutledge, PhD, Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology at Fielding

Thinking Deeper

Big data and the psychology of behavior and cognition.

Regina Tuma, PhD, Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology at Fielding

Are you covering psychology or any of topics that are similar to these subjects or articles? If so, let the experts from Fielding Graduate University help with your stories.  All four of these experts are available to speak with media any time – simply click on their icon and arrange a time for an interview.

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Karen Shackleford, Ph.D.

Karen Shackleford, Ph.D.

Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology

Media violence; Fandom and the construction of meaning from media; Media, race and gender.

Social PsychologyMedia PsychologyGenderRaceSocial Representations in Media
Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D.

Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita - Media Psychology

Rutledge focuses on identifying human motivations, behavioral triggers & instinctive drives to inform messaging & data strategies

Trust in InformationApplied NarrativePersuasive MessagingPositive Psychology Applied to MediaQualitative Research and Analysis
Regina Tuma, Ph.D.

Regina Tuma, Ph.D.

Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology

Media psychology is the future of psychology—Without it, we would not be able to understand social media as constructed and lived realities.

Psychology of Social MediaSocial Media ResearchPsychology of Big DataMind and TechnologyCritical Media Psychology

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For a decade, she led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Trade Organization, United Nations Development Program, and the European Union. She also serves on the Boards of the Toda Institute for Global Policy & Peace Research and the Public Dialogue Consortium. She received her B.A. from Albertus Magnus College, M.A. from Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany and her Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University. ML: Tell us about Fielding Graduate University. KR: Fielding is a home-grown institution, founded in Santa Barbara in 1974 by faculty at UCSB and other places. It is a graduate institution focused on adult learners, that is, generally early to mid-career professionals who would benefit from a graduate education that enables them to craft professional and personal lives that make a positive difference for others. We have doctoral programs in clinical psychology, early infant and childhood development, media psychology, organizational leadership, and education. Our learning model is distributed, which means that our students and faculty are in different parts of the country and work and learn together. Once the internet was invented, we incorporated virtual learning tools into our mentor-based model. ML: What brought you to the non-profit world, and what is it about this space that keeps you here? President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. KR: When I was young, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, then known as a chronic and debilitating illness. During a long process of making meaning of this difficult experience, I decided that, if I were to get better and be able to participate in life, I wanted to live a life of meaning by making a positive difference for other people, either through education or non-profit work more generally. ML: As I’ve gotten to know you over the years, it’s not surprising to me that you would be associated with an organization that is strongly mission-driven and value-based. What are your Fielding’s mission and values? KR: We believe in an education that puts learners at the center of their experience and values the power of transformation through learning and a graduate education as a vehicle for positive social change. Our mission is to provide exemplary interdisciplinary programs for graduate students that is founded on a mentor-based learning model that is student-centered. Our programs are grounded in the following values: Academic Excellence: We commit to the highest quality scholarship, research, and practice. Community: We support a collaborative learning environment built on inclusion and mutual respect. Diversity: We commit to having a faculty, staff and student body that is diverse and inclusive. We embrace and celebrate the wisdom, knowledge and experiences of our diverse community. Learner-centered Education: We create an interactive experience that responds to the interrelated personal and professional lives of our students. Social Justice: We commit to advancing equality and justice in our University, and ­­­­in the local, national, and global communities impacted by our work. Transformational Learning: We inspire a re-examination of one’s worldview and underlying assumptions to enable a deeper understanding of self and society. ML: Can you give us some examples of what it looks like to operationalize or live those values on a daily basis? KR: Every day, our faculty strive to create a personalized learning environment for our graduate students. 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Over the years, Fielding has partnered with many local organizations, such as the Fund for Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Education Foundation, and CALM. Our alums have gone on to establish the Pacifica Graduate Institute and Antioch University, Santa Barbara, and many of our students and alums work in mental health, education, the nonprofit sector, and government and are business owners in our community. ML: What’s your vision for the future of Fielding, and how can the community get involved in supporting that vision? KR: Fielding is on the move! More and more people see graduate education as an important factor in their success. Please join us for our public presentations and other community events offered January locally in Santa Barbara. Now that groups are reconvening, we hope to see community members at an event in the coming year. For those who may be interested in supporting our efforts to create social change in the world, please visit us at To learn more about the benefits of a Fielding education or ways to contribute to Fielding’s mission, please feel free to reach out to Elena Nicklasson at 805-898-2926 or President Rogers at Reprinted by permission from

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