JOANNE BRODER, PHD
"I will help you say what needs to be said!"
My goal is for readers to connect and relate to my work. We all go through stuff. We look for guidance and comfort through reading when they need or want to learn about something. Like when we are attracted to a piece of art or personal anthem- like a song, a reader should feel like a piece of writing really speaks to them.
I write what needs to be said and how it needs to be said for that audience. Academia taught me the value of using research and established theories to normalize and support human experiences that readers find relatable.
I graduated college and went right to jail-as a counselor. After a few years of listening to inmate issues, I learned that I did not want to be a therapist. I moved on to a corporate role in human resources and started a Master’s in Adult and Organization Development at Temple University, while I was the Associate Director of the Training and Development Center. I studied and worked with the late Dr. Susan Wheelan, the queen of group development.
I continued to earn a doctorate in Educational Psychology and focused my studies on motivation and risk taking personality. I have integrated a great deal from my study into my teaching practices. I have been teaching in Organization Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University for 18 years, where I get to use my book, Finish Your Dissertation, Don’t Let it Finish YOU! as one of the course texts as I help students design and deliver their thesis and capstone projects. I was also the co-founding editor of Psychology Popular Media (formerly known as Psychology of Popular Media Culture), which was a peer reviewed journal that focused on how media use and popular culture impacts the dynamics of behavior of individuals, groups, and systems.
I am a Past President of the Society of Media Psychology and Technology, where I formed the Device Management and Intelligence team. We are working on creating guidelines for professionals for a mindful social media presence (and not getting cancelled). I am active on the board trying to spread our overall message of think before you post to help people create social media posts they will not regret.
One of my overall goals is reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and treatments; reduce the gap between theory and practice. I am so fortunate I get to do that through the Coalition for Psychology and Schools in Education with our materials for materials on dealing with students dealing with a variety of topics such as sadness, race-based hate speech and microagressions, stress, anxiety, and trauma.
People inspire my content. I am an avid people watcher. In real life settings, I blend into the background and online, I keep up with pop culture. I love to watch what is trending and people's reactions. Although we all have our beautiful individual differences we are more relatable to each other than not.
Dr. Joanne Broder Sumerson is without doubt one of the most outstanding media psychologists, consulting psychologists, writer and speaker that I have ever known in my long career. She is a widely respected leader in all her professional areas of interest and engagement and a most valued member of the psychological community.
BOOKS, CHAPTERS, JOURNALS
This is a glimpse of my scholarly work!