Roger Desmond, PhD
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Roger Desmond, PhD


School of Communication

Abrahms Hall 105


PhD   University of Iowa   |   MA   San Jose State University  |   BA   San Jose State University

Roger Desmond grew up in Los Gatos, California and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in an interdisciplinary communication studies program at San Jose State University. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Communication Research at The University of Iowa, with a combined emphasis in psychology and psycholinguistics. At University of Hartford, he teaches courses in Media and Society, Processes and Effects of Media, Introduction to Communication, Communication Research Methods and a variety of journalism courses and is the faculty liaison to the Washington Semester program for the School of Communication. He is also the faculty advisor to the student weekly newspaper, The Informer. Much of Professor Desmond's research, published in journals and book chapters in communication and psychology, has focused on children and the media. As a visiting research fellow in psychology at Yale University he worked with Jerome and Dorothy Singer on a longitudinal study of children to determine how patterns of family talk mediated the effects of television. Later, he was awarded a fellowship at The Annenberg School of Communication at The University of Pennsylvania, where his project focused on how to increase media literacy among inner-city elementary school students, and received research grants from The Annenberg Foundation and The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recently, Dr. Desmond was awarded a fellowship from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, where he trained in Washington, D.C. and served in summer as a full-time reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, CT, writing features and metro news articles. Professor Desmond has done consulting for two public television programs for children ("Mundo Real" and "The New Voice"), and held a one-year position at Eric Marder Associates in New York where he worked with C.B.S. soap operas "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns.”  He is the current Internship Coordinator for the School of Communication.