Dr. Michelle M. Weil
Expert in the "Psychology of Technology"
Dr. Weil is a Clinical Psychologist, published author, media spokesperson, consultant, researcher and professional speaker. For the past 15 years, she has been a recognized international expert in the "Psychology of Technology." In private practice for over 20 years, she has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University and is extremely active in local, state and national governance in the field of Psychology.
As president of the consulting company, Human-Ware, LLC, she is a passionate believer in preserving your "Human-Ware" while using technology. Dr. Weil shows others how to maintain their humanity and sanity in this technological era. She consults with organizations and corporations on successfully implementing technology while overcoming technological resistance. Her expertise has led to media interviews on a variety of technological topics including resolving technophobia, on-line addiction, cyber-relationships, children's safety on the Internet and more. A member of the National Speakers Association, Dr. Weil delivers keynotes and seminars internationally on the prevailing technological attitudes in the marketplace and how to successfully develop, market, introduce and implement both new and existing technology.
Dr. Weil's recent groundbreaking book entitled TechnoStress: Coping With Technology @WORK @HOME @PLAY (John Wiley & Sons) has received great public attention and positive reviews. Her successful book tour included national television appearances on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox Network News, 48 Hours, Working Woman and NBC Weekend Nightly News and articles in Time, Newsweek, FamilyPC, Cooking Light, Self, Parenting, Training and many other national magazines. Since its publication, TechnoStress has been featured in over 200 television, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews. As one book review proclaims:
"With nuance uncommon to books that teeter on the brink of 'self-help,' TechnoStress exposes technology's tightening grip on modern culture. It reminds us not to forget who's boss -- and to always keep in mind that a technology must meet our needs, not the other way around, for it to be successful."
In March, 1997, Dr. Weil served as National Spokesperson for MCI One's national campaign entitled "Rx
for the Techno-Phobic." As the cover of the press packet stated, "MCI One and America's top 'Techno-Therapist'
offer easy advice for overcoming your communication fears, phobias and frustrations." As part of this campaign,
Dr. Weil designed a nationwide survey on communication technophobia, wrote a booklet called Rx for the Techno-Phobic
and was interviewed via satellite in 10 markets (including CNN) and in another 11 markets in a nationwide tour.
Dr. Weil was the National Spokesperson for MCI Communications' media campaign on "Overcoming Cyberphobia: Fear of the Information Superhighway." Applying her expertise in the psychology of technology, she wrote the forward to the campaign's handbook entitled CyberSource: Cyber-Basics For Business People and served as an editorial consultant. Between November 1994 and January 1995, Dr. Weil and the MCI Communications public relations team toured the country presenting her then decade of research findings and explaining the results of an MCI poll of business executives showing nearly half were either "cyberphobic" or resistant to new technology. As MCI's national spokesperson, Dr. Weil was interviewed on television (CNN; CNBC; KWHY and KCAL-9 in Los Angeles; KRON in San Francisco; Nightly Business Report and Channel 8 in Washington, D.C.; WUNC TV in Raleigh, North Carolina and many other markets via satellite), by the print media (over 50 newspapers and magazines including USA Today, Washington Post, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Los Angeles Times, Raleigh Herald-Sun and Orange County Register), and on the radio (including The Bob Levey Show in Washington, D.C., the Peter Tilden Show in Los Angeles, the syndicated Sonny Block Show, the syndicated John Dvorak "Software/Hardtalk" show and Dr. Dean Edell's syndicated Healthtalk).
Working with MCI on their eight-month media campaign "Cyber Rig USA Tour '95: Hitting the Information Superhighway," Dr. Weil delivered the message, inspiring audiences to embrace MCI's technological innovations, through multimedia interviews including print, radio, television and videoconferencing. As the Cyber Rig traveled across the country, her videoconference audiences included politicians, educators, state department staff officials, the media and corporate executives.
In 1985, as Clinical Director of the Technophobia Reduction Clinic, Dr. Weil created a highly successful, "model program" funded by the U.S. Department of Education to eliminate technophobia. Over the past 15 years Dr. Weil has authored articles on the psychological impact of technology for professional journals, popular press magazines, national newspapers and has written monographs on the assessment, treatment and evaluation of technophobia. As a recognized expert, Dr. Weil has given numerous national and international presentations on the impact of technology including invited addresses in Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey.
Dr. Weil's recent research includes studies of: (1) the four-year trend in technological stress among business managers and support staff, (2) a longitudinal study of growing Y2K technostress, (3) the etiology of technostress, (4) the impact of technology among elementary and secondary school teachers, (5) a global study of technological sophistication and the impact of technology in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States, (6) the use of consumer, business and entertainment technology by adults and teenagers, (7) a longitudinal study of the attitudes of the American public toward the Information Superhighway, and (8) an extensive longitudinal interview study of the acceptance of technology in the mental health profession. She has also been interviewed on numerous other psychological topics including pregnancy, parenting, postpartum depression, successful marriage, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, stress, and communication for the print media (Self, Parenting, Child, Frequent Flyer, Working Mother, etc.).
Dr. Weil received her B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), her M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Chapman University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She lives in Carlsbad, CA.
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