Dr. Karen Dill-Shackleford, Media Psychologist


E-mail: KShack@Fielding.edu or kareneshackleford@gmail.com

Vita with Contact Information

Biography: Karen Dill-Shackleford (formerly Karen E. Dill) is a faculty member in the Media Psychology Doctoral Program at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.  She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of MO-Columbia in 1997. Karen publishes in the field of media psychology. Her work has spanned multiple forms of media from magazines and video games to music and meditation podcasts. She is interested in how immersion into the world of fictional story influences our everyday lives. From media violence to music to meditation, how are we different because we are immersed in media?

Dr. Dill-Shackleford’s research has been widely cited and has been the subject of many media interviews in the US and throughout the world.  She’s the author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through Media Influence and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology (2013). One of her favorite “honors” is having a fictional car named after here in the video game Grand Theft Auto, the Karin Dillatante.

Dr. Dill-Shackleford gave expert testimony before Congress on media violence in 2000 and on misogyny in rap music lyrics in  2007. She co-authored a statement on interactive media violence which lead to the APA’s Resolution on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media. She has given talks on media psychology at international  meetings including conferences  in Santiago, Chile aon Cheju Island, South Korea, in Budapest, Hungary, Walferdang, Luxembourg and London, England.

Karen writes a blog called How Fantasy Becomes Reality for Psychology Today and another for Oxford University Press.

The doctoral program at Fielding Graduate University offers the first Media Psychology Ph.D. in the country. Fielding is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA and Dr. Dill-Shackleford is part of their East Coast cluster, living in North Carolina with her family.