JOANNE BRODER, PHD
You talk while I write. I will help you get straight to the point with the right words, analogies, examples, and supporting evidence.
Like a song, a reader should feel seen and heard through a piece of writing that speaks directly to them. We all get dealt large doses of life, so we need to read something that will give us guidance, comfort, and solutions.
With mental health awareness at the forefront, reading about topics in psychology helps make the situation relatable. I write what needs to be said and how it needs to be said for that audience.
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 taught in Organization Development and Leadership program at Saint Joseph’s University for 18 years, where I used 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 Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serve on the Council of Representatives, as well as Past President of the Society of Media Psychology and Technology, where I formed the Device Management and Intelligence team. We are created 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 biggest goals is reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and treatments; reduce the gap between theory and practice, which I am able to do through my Psychology Today blog, Research Notes: Exploring Icky Situations. I am also 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 and their stories 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!