Members of the GEM Lab
Matthew Grizzard (Ph.D., Michigan State University)
Dr. Grizzard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. Situated within media psychology and mass communication, his research program examines moral judgments processes as they relate to the consumption of popular media, with a primary focus on narratives. For example, current projects explore how viewers come to evaluate characters as heroes and villains, what types of narrative content elicit moral emotions such as guilt, and why viewers prefer some types of narrative resolution over others. Matthew is a member of the editorial boards for Journal of Media Psychology and Communication Research Reports. He is also an officer in the Communication and Social Cognition Division of the National Communication Association.
C. Joseph “Joe” Francemone (M.A., University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Joe is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at The Ohio State University. His research examines the effects of moral dilemmas on cognitive processing and the influence of character decisions on audience perceptions.
Changhyun Ahn (M.A., Cleveland State University)
Changhyun is fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His research focuses on emotional and cognitive processing of video games.
Kaitlin Fitzgerald (M.A., University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Katie is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research interests include narrative influence and engagement, particularly within the context of entertainment media.
Jialing Huang (Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Dr. Huang is an assistant professor in the College of Arts, Sciences and Education at Texas A&M University – Texarkana. Her research examines the psychological influences of narratives and media entertainment.
Jess Walton (M.A., University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Jess is a recent graduate from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, earning his master’s degree in Communication in 2018. His research examines the psychological influences of morality and media entertainment, specifically regarding person-perception theory.