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MSPP Faculty Publish Chapters in Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

MSPP's Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Erik Gregory and Faculty Director of Media Psychology, Dr. Pamela Rutledge, recently published chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology. Dr. Rutldge’s chapter is entitled, Arguing for Media Psychology as a Distinct Field. Dr. Gregory’s chapter is entitled, Children’s Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach.

Freedman Center Receives Swensrud Foundation Grant

The Freedman Center for Child and Family Development received a 100k grant from the Swensrud Foundation as seed funding to develop a “Real-time Strategy” for Social Emotional Health. The Freedman Center will be partnering with Numedeon, Inc. to add a Social Emotional Wellness Hub to the their existing Whyville virtual world for children ages 8-15. The hub, in the first year, will provide direct activities and resources. All programming will be informed by best practices, research, clinical expertise, and direct service delivery experience. This project is being designed by Margaret Hannah, MEd, and Nadja Reilly, PhD. The project will be developed in direct collaboration with Numedeon, Inc. who operates Whyville (, the premier educational virtual world for children with over 7 million users. Whyville is renowned for their approach of embedding simulation-based learning in an engaging and safe collaborative gaming social environment. This project will provide wellness activities directly to an unprecedented number of children and families.

HaitiMSPP Travels to Haiti

In August 2012, Dr. Jill Bloom, Clinical PsyD faculty, and Paul Reynolds, 4th year Clinical PsyD student, went to Haiti for a week as part of MSPP’s collaboration with the Haitian Mental Health Network (HMHN). Click here to read more.

Updated 1/3/13

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