Hello and thanks for stopping by…

I’m a visual journalist, psychologist and Assistant Professor at Ball State University.

I earned my doctorate from Old Dominion University in the Applied Experimental Psychology program. My dissertation’s focus was Media Psychology, where I examined changes in judgment and decision making after exposure to powerful news images. As a cognitive scholar with my primary interests in media psychology, my academic life combines my current career in photojournalism with a focus of applied psychology.

I was previously a photojournalist at The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, in Norfolk, VA. I've also worked in Texas and the Washington D.C. area. I enjoyed a great career in visual communication which has taken me all over country as well as many parts of the world. After some extraordinary experiences as a photojournalist, I'm now turning my focus to educating the next generation of media professionals.

I’m also the proud father of fabulous two young adults, Wilson and Katherine, and husband of the brilliant and lovely Pam Smith-Rodden. We live in an old home in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis.

Please feel free to explore my pages, links, portfolios and blog here.

PHOTO: Olde Towne Portsmouth | Martin Smith-Rodden