Brad Okdie



Dr. Okdie teaches classes on Social Psychology, Statistics, Media, Using iPads Successfully in Academia, and General Psychology. He consistently teaches in the Buckeye Generation Learning community for first generation college students. Dr. Okdie is also the recipient of the Thomas J. Evans Teaching Excellence Award from the Newark campus and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching which includes professors from all of The Ohio State campuses. Dr. Okdie is an Apple Teacher and is a member of one of the first cohorts of the Digital Flagship Initiative—professors who teach an iPad-only section of one of their regular courses. Dr. Okdie is also an inaugural Drake Teaching and Learning Institute faculty affiliate.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Okdie is a social psychologist who studies the effect of media on interpersonal relationships. He directs The Relationships & Technology Lab at The Ohio State University at Newark. The Relationships & Technology Lab's primary focus lies at the intersection of social psychology and media. Specifically, the lab investigates the emergence, maintenance, and ending of relationships through media. Dr. Okdie is a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Midwestern Psychological Association. Fellow status is given to members who make significant impacts on the field of psychology.

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Representative Publications:

Wirth, J. H., Sacco D. F., Brown, M. B., & Okdie, B. M. (in press). “I Hate to be a Burden!”: Experiencing Feelings Associated with Ostracism Due to One’s Poor Performance Burdening the Group. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Okdie, B. M., & Wirth, J. H. (2018). Can burdensome Facebook "friends" cause you pain? Self-reported pain as a motivation for exclusion. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Okdie, B. M., Ewoldsen, D. R., Muscanell, N. L., Guadagno, R. E., Eno, C. A., Velez, J., Dunn, R. A., O’Mally, J., & Smith, R. L. (2014). Missed programs (There is no TiVo for this one): Why psychologists should study the media. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 180-195.

Guadagno, R. E., Okdie, B. M. & Muscanell, N. L. (2013). Have we all Just Become 'Robo-Sapiens'? Reflections on Social Influence Processes in the Internet Age. Psychological Inquiry, 24, 1-9.

Ewoldsen, D. R., Eno, C. A., Okdie, B. M., Velez, J. A., Guadagno, R. E., & DeCoster, J. (2012). Effect of Playing Violent Video Games Cooperatively or Competitively on Subsequent Cooperative Behavior. CyberPsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, 15, 1-4.

Guadagno, R. E., Muscanell, N. L., Okdie, B. M., Burk, N. M., & Ward, T. B. (2011). Even in virtual environments women shop and men build: A social role perspective on Second Life. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 304-308.

Okdie, B. M., Guadagno, R. E., Berneiri, F. J., Geers, A. L., & McLarney-Vesotski, A. R. (2011). Getting to know you: Face-to-face versus online interactions. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 153-159.

Guadagno, R. E., Okdie, B. M., & Eno, C. (2008). Why do people blog? Personality predictors of blogging. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 1993-2004.

Vogel, E. A., Rose, J. P., Okdie, B. M., Eckles, K., & Franz, B. (2015). Who compares and despairs? The effects of social comparison orientation on social media use and its outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 249-256.


PhD | Social Psychology | The University of Alabama
MA | Social Psychology | The University of Northern Iowa
BA | Psychology | The University of Toledo

Brad Okdie