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Erik Gregory, PhD


Erik Gregory, PhD

Dr. Gregory specializes in positive psychology, a field that examines healthy human functioning such as courage, hope, optimism, and happiness. He worked internationally with children and adolescents as a psychotherapist and consulted with leaders in higher education, media, and business.

He serves as the Executive Director of the Media Psychology Research Center of Boston and is a board member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra ( He consulted with Hit Entertainment on the educational content of "Bob the Builder" and worked in conjunction with KCET to develop "Sid the Science Kid. He has also worked extensively with organizations including Volvo and the Boston/Egypt Cancer Network Alliance.

He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology. He has held appointments with the National Cancer Institute in Hawaii, the Spencer Foundation, the University of Chicago and completed his post-doctoral studies at the Harvard Medical School. He served as a clinical intern at the Tavistock Institute in London where he worked as a consultant to the entertainment industry and as a leader in the treatment of refugee children suffering from trauma.

Dr. Gregory lived and worked in Austria, Germany, England, New Zealand, and Spain. He is a Board member of the Oversees Education Fund, El Salvador, a non-profit organization that builds schools and health clinics in rural and poverty-stricken areas of the country and provides micro-credit loans. He received the Littauer Fellow Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and worked with the Public Diplomacy Collaborative and Shorenstein Center of Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard examining 21st century models of leadership. His latest contribution is a chapter in Oxford Press' Handbook of Media Psychology (2013) on Children's use of media.

MSPP Faculty Publish Chapters in Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

MSPP's Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Erik Gregory and Dr. Pamela Rutledge, recently published chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology. Dr. Rutldge’s chapter is entitled, Arguing for Media Psychology as a Distinct Field. Dr. Gregory’s chapter is entitled, Children’s Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach

Updated 12/20/13

Read Dr. Erik Gregory’s recent article, "Moving Toward Adaptive Learning" in the HR publication, "People and Strategy."

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