Karen Dill-Shackleford, Ph.D., is a social psychologist who publishes in the field of media psychology, studying the role of media in our lives, especially how media use effects us socially, with an emphasis on the stories we tell about gender, race and about domestic violence and on how fans understand fiction. Her latest research focuses on narrative persuasion (using stories to change minds) and using self-compassion meditation to improve body image in women. She is the author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through Media Influence (2009) from Oxford University Press and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology (2013). She is a faculty member in the Media Psychology doctoral program at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Her dissertation on video game violence effects has been cited over 1300 times by other scholars.
Dill-Shackleford gave expert testimony before Congress on media violence in 2000 and on misogyny in rap music lyrics in 2007. She co-authored a statement on interactive media violence, which lead to the APA's Resolution on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media. Perhaps her most memorable "honor" was having a car named after her in Grand Theft Auto IV - the "Karin Dilettante" is a playful spoof named in homage of the often controversial relationship between the gaming industry and violence researchers.