Mary Beth Oliver

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DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR COMMUNICATIONS, Film-Video & Media Studies
(814) 863-5552

Mary Beth Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Media Studies and the co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory in the College of Communications at Penn State. Her specialties are in media and psychology, and she focuses on the psychological effects of media and on viewers’ attraction to or enjoyment of media content. She has additional expertise in the emotional and cognitive effects of media, media portrayals, media violence, reality television and stereotyping.

Oliver’s research is widely published, and she has won multiple prizes for it, including most recently the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in the College of Communications at Penn State.

 
Education: 
B.A., Virginia Tech, Communication Studies, 1986
M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison, Communication Arts, 1988
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, Communication Arts, 1991
Research Interests: 
Emotional and cognitive effects of media, media portrayals, positive media psychology, media violence, reality television, stereotyping
Publications: 
-- Media and social life.
-- Handbook of media processes and effects.