CSLA:Stuart Fischoff - Last updated 1/15/03

School of Natural and Social


Department of Psychology

Stuart Fischoff
Professor of Psychology

Office: KHD3083


FAX: (323) 343-2281

Email: sfischoff@fielding.edu


 | Teaching Interests  | Research


Educational Background  | Schedule

& Office Hours



have been on the faculty of CSULA since 1972. With occasional

forays into less chartered terrain, the range of courses I teach include Personality,

Social, Clinical, Experimental, Abnormal and Media Psychology. Many of these courses are

taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I supervise the Clinical Practicum

course during the summer quarter and maintain a small private practice.

Teaching Interests


s my primary interest is in the area of Media Psychology, I

conduct and supervise research in this area and write articles in academic and popular

journals, magazines and newspapers. I appear regularly on television commenting on the

psychological implications of various local, national and international trends, issues and

crises. I also consult to the film and television industries on matters relating to

accuracy of portrayal of character, motivation and plot structure. I have written three

movies for television and am a member of the Writers Guild, West.

Research Interests


urrently I conduct research in such areas as credibility of

press and electronic media, stereotypes of the mentally ill in the media, demographic

differences in film preferences, TV addiction, and pre-trial publicity and its influence

on jury decision making. Presently my research in on Favorite Movie Monsters and Why We

Love Them.

I have established a Media Psychology laboratory to develop

student interest in Media Psychology and pursue research in a variety of media-related


Representative Professional Activities

Date Publications/Presentations
2000 Popular Movie Quotes: Reflections of A People and A Culture. With Esmeralda

Cardenas, Angela Hernandez, Korey Wyatt, Jarod Young, and Rachel Gordon. American

Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

March 4, 2000 Marrying for Fun and Ratings. L.A. Times, Voices, B7.
June,2000 Interview With Vanessa Paradis, Nova Magazine, 1,1,pp.110-114.
1999 Invited Address: Psychology's Quixotic Quest for the Media-Violence Connection

American Psychological Association Convention, Boston

1999 Offensive Racial Cliches in Movies: Drugs, Sex, and Sensitivity. With Ana

Franco, Elaine Gram, Angela Hernandez, and James Parker. American Psychological

Association Convention, Boston.

1999 Invited Paper: Psychologists, Sex and Hollywood. Symposium: Miniconvention on

Sex, Love, and Psychology. American Psychological Association Convention, Boston

1999 Gangsta' Rap and A Murder in Bakersfield. Journal of Applied Social Psychology,

V. 29, 4, pp. 795-805.

1999 Science and Progress Commentary: Media influence on violent behavior. The Forensic

Echo, V III. (6), pp. 14-15.

July 20, 1999 How do you find the core of your main character when writing a script? Online magazine

of the Writers Guild of America in The Big Question feature section.

December,1999 The Media Violence Connection: Not Proven! Online magazine of the Writers Guild of


1998 Commentary on Warren Hinckley and Celebrity Stalkers. The Forensic Echo:

Psychiatry, Law & Public Policy. Vol II, No. 10

Educational Background

Ph.D.,Psychology, 1972
New School for Social Research
New York,New York
M.A.,Psychology, 1965
New School for Social Research
New York,New York
B.S.,Psychology, 1962
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

Fall'03 Schedule

Course Sec.# Title Units Day & Time Room
Psy. 418A 01 Intro - Theories of Personality 4 MW 420-600pm KHC3100

Office Hours

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