KAITLIN FITZGERALD

Department of Communication

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Areas of Research: Narrative Processing and Persuasion, Entertainment Media Effects, Media Psychology

 
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I received my Ph.D. in Communication from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.


My research examines media effects and narrative persuasion with a focus on how certain narrative experiences can foster long-term, prosocial outcomes such as health, empathy and helping, moral sensitivity, and wellbeing. 


I have taught courses in mass communication and serve as an active member of the Narrative Research Lab at the University at Buffalo, and the Grizzard Entertainment Media Lab at The Ohio State University.


Stories are not only my program of study, they are my favorite pastime. If you told my childhood self that one day, she would be researching narrative entertainment, you would have to first pry her away from the television screen.

 

EDUCATION

PH.D. IN COMMUNICATION

May, 2021

The University at Buffalo, SUNY

Dissertation: “More than a good story: Enjoyment and appreciation in narrative persuasion.”
Advisor: Melanie C. Green, Ph.D.

M.A. IN COMMUNICATION

May, 2017

The University at Buffalo, SUNY
Thesis: “Restorative narrative: A new approach to prosocial media.”
Advisor: Melanie C. Green, Ph.D.

B.S., WITH DISTINCTION, IN PSYCHOLOGY

May, 2015

James Madison University
Minor in Sociology
Thesis: "Helicopter parenting and parent-child attachment."
Advisor: Monica Reis-Bergan, Ph.D.

 
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PROGRAMMATIC RESEARCH

I primarily conduct online and laboratory experiments from a quantitative social scientific perspective.

DATA ANALYSIS

I have experience working with SPSS, Amos, R, and Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (CMA).

DISSEMINATION OF FINDINGS

My work appears in journals including 

Health Communication, Communication Research, and Media Psychology. 

I have shared my work at domestic and international conferences.

 

“The magic and the danger of fiction is this: it allows us to see through other eyes.

It takes us to places we have never been, allows us to care about, worry about, laugh with, and cry for people who do not, outside of the story, exist.”

― Neil Gaiman (2011), Afterword to Evelyn Evelyn: A Tragic Tale in Two Tomes

 

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