Category Archives: Research

My research investigates the relationship between media and psychological development and identity. I earned undergraduate degrees in Brain and Cognitive Science and Comparative Media Studies from MIT, with an emphasis on psychological development, television, and new media, and a Masters from USC’s School for Cinematic Arts in Critical Studies with a focus on youth culture and identity development. I have also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and research groups at the MIT Media Lab, MIT Face & Object Recognition Lab, USC Keck Medical School, and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Drawing on theories from psychology and communication, my dissertation (Abstract) focuses on the perception of demographic group exclusion, or absence of one’s demographic groups (e.g., race, gender) from media, and its effects on viewer identification, message reception, and community-oriented behaviors.

Inspired to learn by my own relationship with media, I focus on real world examples in the classroom to foster media literacy and encourage students to apply coursework to their own lives. My graduate education has prepared me to teach classes in Psychology and Communication, including Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, Health Communication, Introduction to Media Studies, and Psychology of Interactive Media.

What is Blackness?

To be presented at the CAAR (Collegium for African American Research) 2017 Conference in Malaga, Spain (Jun 13-16) in the panel, “Voices of Black America in the Diaspora: Comics, Cookbooks, & Film.” The experience of being Black is more than … Continue reading

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Is Color-Blindness Possible? Racial & Experiential Effects on the Neural Substrates for Motor Empathy (PSYC 555; Fall 2008)

I received some tragic news this morning. Bosco Tjan, one of my former USC Psychology Professors, was killed by a student in the Psychology building on campus yesterday afternoon. I am stunned, shocked, and missing my Trojan family. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-usc-professor-killed-bosco-tjan-20161203-story.html As … Continue reading

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I’m published in AIDS and Behavior!

Corsbie-Massay, C.L., Miller, L.C., Christensen, J.L. et al. (2016). Identity Conflict and Sexual Risk for Black and Latino YMSM. AIDS and Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10461-016-1522-7 Young (aged 18–30) Black and Latino men who have sex with men are at a higher risk of … Continue reading

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Inside the Label on BET

Last night, I made my national television debut as an expert on BET’s Inside the Label: “Grand Hustle.” I was tapped to talk about the intersection of race, gender, technology, and business. It was a delight to be part of such … Continue reading

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The Black Market Paradox: How the market of Black people in America is simultaneously holding steady, shrinking, and expanding

The Black Market Paradox: How the market of Black people in America is simultaneously holding steady, shrinking, and expanding. Continue reading

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