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Innovative Ph.D. Program In Media Studies
Fielding Graduate Institute
Santa Barbara, California. (Business Wire) Dr.
Bernard Luskin has been appointed Director of the new Media Studies Ph.D Program
in the School of Psychology of the Fielding Graduate Institute. FGI President
Judith Kuipers, in announcing the appointment, stated: “This new program is
unique in that it places psychology at the forefront of media communication.
The program represents a new and significant opportunity to use media in new and
creative ways in healthcare, education, commerce, publishing, government, and
“Our vision for this program is to provide a meaningful
opportunity for professionals interested in creating and using media
effectively. Media psychology has become a cutting-edge subject offering new
career options. This is a program whose time is here,” said School of Psychology
Dean Ronald Giannetti.
“The Media Studies Program is perfect for working
professionals,” said Luskin. Explaining the scope of this new program, he
stated, “Digital media are changing the ways we work and live. The study of
media effects offers many research challenges and there is a great deal to
discover. ‘Pscybermedia’ blends psychology, artificial intelligence, media and
technology. This is a unique global program for the 21st century.
Fielding’s headquarters is located in the world’s major digital media corridor,
between Santa Barbara and San Diego, centered in Hollywood, and the
entertainment industry. I look forward to speaking with industry professionals
having interest in this program,” said Luskin.
“The opportunity is also global,” noted Provost Anna
DiStefano. “Fielding Graduate Institute’s distributed learning model enables
students to participate effectively from anywhere in the world. Fielding
Graduate Institute is a premier graduate program recognized for pioneering
proven learning methods for successful graduate study,” she said.
A faculty member since 1996, Luskin initially developed
Fielding’s program option in media psychology within the clinical psychology
program. Luskin’s recent work has focused on developing and establishing the
vision of media psychology across other venues. “Dr. Luskin also leads the
Fielding initiative in Community College Leadership, and has introduced Media
Studies into the Ed.D program in the School of Educational Leadership and
Change,” said School Dean Judy Witt.
Luskin is a seasoned media professional with experience as
a producer of media programs, principal investigator for numerous research
studies, and author of eight books. His research includes serving as Co-director
of the American Psychological Association’s Media Psychology Division’s Task
Force study of new career opportunities for psychologists in media and new
technologies. A summary of this study is posted on the APA Division 46 website.
In education, Luskin has taught at USC, Claremont Graduate
University, California State University, and UCLA. He is an active member of
the Educational Policy Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The European Commission, the Irish Government, and Inside MultiMedia
Magazine have recognized Luskin with lifetime achievement awards in digital
media. The UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, where he was a Kellogg and
University Fellow, has honored Luskin with its distinguished leadership award
for his contributions to higher education. Luskin is also founding Chancellor of
Jones International University, the first accredited, fully web-based
In corporate life, Luskin served as CEO of major media and
telecommunications companies, including Philips Interactive Media, which was the
pioneer interactive media company in the Hollywood community. Luskin is also
responsible for having put the initial fifty major motion pictures on compact
disc in MPEG format, and for supervising the development of the first CDs of
Sesame Street, Compton’s Encyclopedia, and Treasures of the Smithsonian, among
many other programs. He placed the first computer in a community college in
America and launched the first compressed cable network. Luskin’s just released
new book is entitled, Casting the Net Over Global Learning: New
Developments in Workforce Training and Online Psychologies.
With degrees and licenses in business, education and
psychology, Bernard Luskin lives in Lake Sherwood, California, with his wife
Toni. They have two adult sons.
The Fielding Graduate Institute (www.fielding.edu) is world
renowned for its leadership in professional education for adults. Fielding is
accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a
nonprofit institution offering a spectrum of programs within Schools
of Psychology, Human & Organization Development, and Educational Leadership &
Change. Fielding Graduate Institute is dedicated to lifelong learning, social
justice, and innovation, change, and professional development, for the workplace
and the community.
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