Special Interest Group 2017 Update: The Media First Responder Corps Helps Hometown Officials Manage Community Challenges

Mary Gregerson, PhD Heartlandia Psychology, Leavenworth, KS mary.gregerson@aol.com In 2014 the Media First Responder (MFR) Corps launched. A baker’s dozen psychologists from around the world “trained the trainers” before the 2015 APA Convention in Toronto, Canada. Each provided her or his area of expertise to increase the crisis management skills of all. In 2016, Leavenworth,…

News Media, Public Education and Public Policy Committee

Chris Ferguson (Chair, cjfergus@stetson.edu), Dana Klisinan, Jerri Lynn Hogg, June Wilson, Patrick Markey, Andy Przybylski, Malte Elson, Jimmy Ivory, Deborah Linebarger, Mary Gregerson, Frank Farley, & Shahbaz Siddiqui The views here are those of Division 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology) of the American Psychological Association and do not represent an official position of…

Societal Violence and Video Games: Public Statements of a Link are Problematic

The News Media, Public Education and Public Policy Committee Christopher Ferguson (Chair), Malte Elson, Frank Farley, Mary Gregerson, Jerri Lynn Hogg, Jimmy Ivory, Dana Klisinan, Deborah Linebarger, Patrick Markey, Andy Przybylski, Shahbaz Siddiqui, & June Wilson In December 2012, the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut began an 11-month societal debate regarding whether violent video games…

The Virtual Social Hour Has Launched

Jonathan Grimes, PhD jgrimes@ccbcmd.edu Eric Peterson, MBA godscoffee@gmail.com We are the first division to initiate this! The first Division 46 Virtual Social Hour held on Friday, October 21, 2016, was an interesting and engaging experience.  Participants were able to see old friends and meet new people. The Membership Committee would like to thank Alex Spradlin,…

Committee Reports

APA Toronto Convention Program Committee Report Program Highlights: Media Psychology For Good Chair: Pamela Rutledge, PhD Pamelarutledge@gmail.com The Division 46 theme for the upcoming 2015 Convention in Toronto is “Media Psychology For Good.” In keeping with this focus, Division 46 has a rich line-up of symposia that explore the positive impact, use, and potential of…