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Roger Desmond

Roger DesmondRoger 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 the University of Hartford, he teaches courses in media and society, introduction to communication, communication research methods and a variety of journalism courses and is the faculty liaison to the Washington Semester program. He is also the faculty advisor to the student weekly newspaper, The Informer and Director of our Internship Program.

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 one summer as a full-time reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, CT, writing features and metro news articles.

Email: desmond@hartford.edu
Phone: (860) 768-4437
Office: Abrahms Building ABR105

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