I’m a trauma-informed media & psychology consultant, researcher, educator, & life coach with expertise in cults, humiliation, and positive psychology. I live on a tiny farm in a picturesque town known for pioneers and polygamy.
Unlike traditional psychology which focuses on mental illness, positive psychology focuses on mental wellness. In other words, positive psychology is interested in the science of happiness, what makes life worth living, and what kinds of things help people and communities flourish.
Media psychology focuses on how media and technology impact society and individuals in their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It encompasses social media, cancel culture, viral marketing, fandom and fan engagement, personal branding, celebrity studies, online cruelty, public shaming, augmented reality, online education, media ethics, PR, television, film, music, technology, software, mobile apps, online gaming, user experience, and more.
If it’s digital, virtual, on a screen, or related to stories, I’m interested.
My current research obsessions include-
|Cancel Culture & Call Outs
|Storytelling for Good
|Resilience & Growth
|Narrative Identity Repair
|Rebranding & Relaunching
My doctoral research shows how being humiliated in the media can deeply traumatize the subjects of the stories, comments or tweets, and how media misrepresentation negatively impacts trauma survivors and marginalized populations. You can read it HERE.
“The media‘s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X
To summarize, my passionate personal goal is to find ways to use media and technology for good and for growth, to help media become more trauma-informed, to give a voice to the voiceless, and to help individuals and businesses create a positive legacy in the digital world.