Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D., was the Senior Editor of the Journal of Media Psychology (JMP). Founded in 1996, JMP was the first American journal devoted singularly to media psychology. He was an Emeritus Professor of Media Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught for 33 years. During that time he established the first graduate degree program in Media Psychology and the nation's first exclusive lab for the study of media psychology.
Fischoff's areas of research included age differences in favorite movie monsters, scariest films, all-time favorite movies, gender, age, and race differences in film preferences (Gone With The Wind was not a favorite of Blacks), gender biases in film casting (going strong, even with women), and films at which people took ethnic offense (White males were most offended by the film White Men Can't Jump; American Me for Hispanics; Boyz n' the Hood for Blacks and Rush Hour for Asians). He helped found the first doctoral program in media psychology, at the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
In addition to his teaching and research duties at the university, Dr. Fischoff was a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGAw), an award winning screenwriter and a consultant on psychological issues to both the film and television industries. He wrote numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of social, clinical, and media psychology and was a Fellow in Division 46 (Media) of the American Psychological Association. He was the Media Psychology division's founding President.
Dr. Fischoff appeared on numerous radio and televisions shows world wide and is frequently interviewed for major (and less major) news and entertainment print media. He regularly wrote reviews of books and films for the APA journal, PsycCRITIQUES, and for popular magazines. For Psychology Today, he wrote celebrity interviews with filmmakers like Oliver Stone and Clint Eastwood, and wrote a "confessional" article on his experiences as a tabloid talk show psychologist.