As a media psychologist, Dr. Durnell provides analysis on the impact that technology and media can have on strategic communications and social change. As a media psychologist Dr. Durnell works optimally in a cross functional environment within the technology, media, and marketing/communication space.
Dr. Durnell’s current research is on the Emotional Reactions of Viewing a Crisis in Virtual Reality (VR), which she presented at Stanford’s 3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change as well as the VR and Healthcare Symposium at Harvard Medical School. As adjunct faculty, Dr. Durnell teaches graduate students the “Psychology of Technology.” Dr. Durnell works with technology and non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley and works with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and Joint Staff (SMA) to assess options in the cognitive space to disrupt and counter ISIL operational capabilities and train the Psychological Operations (PO) operators. Durnell is a frequent presenter at technology (AWE) and psychology conferences (APA) and public lectures on the topics of technology for social change, the neuroscience of immersive technology and how technology affects human behavior.