Charisse L'Pree

Charisse L'Pree

Associate Professor

  • Communications

Also teaches in:

  • Media Studies
  • Mass Communications

Contact Information

Office Location

364 Newhouse 2


  • Ph.D. University of Southern California
  • M.A. University of Southern California
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Communications Research
  • Media and Identity Construction
  • Media Effects
  • Media Psychology
  • Persuasive Communications

Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay's work focuses on how media affects the way we think about ourselves and our perceptions of others. Trained in social psychology and critical media studies, L'Pree's work examines the intersection of communication and psychology to assess how media images and narratives affect viewer identity, attitudes and behaviors, and how individuals use traditional, new and interactive media to express themselves and connect with others. Her current research investigates the psychological effects of intersectional identities and the media's role in personal and social identity conflict.

As an actively interdisciplinary scholar, L'Pree has collaborated with researchers across a wide variety of disciplines including psychology, communications, anthropology, sociology, political science, medicine and engineering.

Prior to joining the faculty at Newhouse, she held teaching and research positions at the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. Her research has been funded through the National Institutes of Health, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.