Bernard Luskin Chosen President-Elect for the American Psychological Association (APA) Media Psychology Division

Jun 15, 2012, 15:37 ET from Touro University Worldwide

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Dr. Bernard Luskin, Professor of Media Psychology and Family Therapy, Senior Provost and CEO for Touro University Worldwide has been chosen President Elect for the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association," announced Dr. Mary Alvord, Elections Committee Chair.


"Dr. Luskin has an exceptional history as an administrator, educator and leader in media psychology. Bernie Luskin has made many contributions and pioneered new programs," said Dr. Judith Kuipers, President Emeritus of Fielding Graduate University. "While at FGU, Bernie developed and launched the first MA Ph.D. program in Media Psychology and EdD program in Media Studies in any university. Partnering with UCLA Extension, he launched a successful Master's degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change, and at Touro University Worldwide he launched an MA degree program in Media and Communications Psychology," said Kuipers.

"In 1998, with Dr. Lilli Friedland, Bernie co-directed a major study on behalf of the Media Psychology Division entitled Media Psychology and New Technologies, a major milestone in shaping this field. He writes a frequent Blog for Psychology Today Magazine called 'The Media Psychology Effect,' and continues to prolifically write and produce diverse media applications," explained Dr. Toni Luskin, Professor of Media Psychology at TUW.

"Bernie Luskin has pioneered media psychology where ever he has been," said Glenn Jones, CEO of Jones International, Inc., and founder of Jones International University. "While at Jones, Bernie was central to the launch of Jones International University, the first accredited fully online university. In addition, we pioneered Mind Extension University, a precursor for many of the online university programs of today, including what are now being called emerging MOOC strategies," added Jones.

Author of ten books, many films, television series and CDs, Dr. Luskin won two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, served as Chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges, president of Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College, and CEO of Philips Interactive Media, Inc., where he pioneered digital media in the private sector.

"A licensed marriage and family therapist and school psychologist, Bernie and I are now working within the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy to foster application of theories in media psychology in improving global understanding of family issues such as ADD, Obesity, Autism, Depression, PTSD, Addictions and other social concerns facing society," said Scott Sobel, President of Media and Communications Strategies, Inc.

In addition to his lifetime achievement recognition by the APA Media Psychology Division, Dr. Luskin has received lifetime achievement awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, University of Florida, California State University, Los Angeles, Long Beach City College, the Irish Government and European Commission.

"I look forward to continuing to contribute as President and Member of the Board of Directors of the APA Media Psychology Division. Media Psychology is a 21st century specialization whose time is now," said Dr. Luskin.

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