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Dr. Mary-Lou Galician and her husband Dr. David Natharius share a kiss at their 1998 airport wedding — a media event — before their trans-atlantic flight to lead a group in London & Paris. (Read the newspaper story about the wedding!)



Meet Dr. Mary-Lou Galician
(The Original “Dr. FUN”)

NOTE: Dr. Galician earned the nickname "Dr. FUN" (by which she is widely and affectionately known) because of the trademarked musical motivation program she created: FUN-dynamics!®—The FUN-damentals of DYNAMIC Living. ("FUN" is her acronym for "Fire Up Now!") For many year Dr. FUN empowered individuals and institutions nationwide to beat burn-out, the blues, and the bad news—and get Fired Up Now!


Dr. Mary-Lou Galician (rhymes with “physician”—and "prescription") is the creator of REALISTIC ROMANCE®—The Thinking Person’s Relationship Remedy™. She is also the founder of the Realistic Romance® Institute for Research & Education (RRIRE).

She is an award-winning mass media researcher, educator, author, and performer with more than 25 years of experience in the mass media. Her work is research-based and university-validated.

An internationally respected media literacy advocate,
she's passionate about her MISSION:
to empower YOU to control (and enjoy!) the mass media
—instead of letting the mass media seduce and control YOU.

Dr. Galician is also the first Professor Emerita of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she was Founding Head of Media Analysis & Criticism and Lead Professor of Cronkite/ASU Online. She holds an earned doctorate from a major nationally accredited university (Memphis State University, now University of Memphis) with a clinical residency in human values and medical ethics at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences.

Her popular mega-classes—including the Sex, Love, and Romance the Mass Media course she created and that now serves as a model for courses at universities around the nation—enroll hundreds of students every semester. And there's always a long waiting list.

Known as “the nation’s Realistic Romance Guru,” Dr. Galician is in great demand as a speaker, program presenter, and coach. She and her associates—including her husband—conduct REALISTIC ROMANCE® programs, seminars, workshops, and multi-media presentations around the nation and around the world for singles and couples as well as teachers, counselors, life coaches, and parents.

And she "practices what she preaches and teaches":

She and her husband, DR. DAVID NATHARIUS
(an expert in gender communication and conflict resolution)
enjoy a REAL-life happily-ever-after.
AND they enjoy the mass media.

At the core of her REALISTIC ROMANCE® books and programs are her Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz©, Dr. Galician's Prescriptions© (Rxs), and her Dr. Galician’s 7-Step Reality Check-Up©.

Thousands of men and women—and teens and adolescents—
have taken her QUIZ,
which she has also presented
on national network television
for millions of viewers.

Dr. Galician is the author of the pioneering textbook Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence, honored as a Recommended Resource by the Center for Media Literacy (CML) and used in university classes across the country. She is also the co-editor of Critical Thinking About Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Media Literacy Applications, for which 30 scholars nationwide wrote original chapters addressing her Dr. FUN's Mass Media Love Quiz© and her Dr. Galician’s Prescriptions©.

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Dr. Mary-Lou's newest book,
which she is writing especially for the general public,
will be available soon:

Dr. Galician's Prescriptions©

The 7-Step Reality Check-Up© to Bust Media Myths
that Ruin Real-life Relationships

An entertainer, media personality, and published writer since childhood, she attended the famous Professional Children’s School in New York City. She was awarded the B.A. degree magna cum laude from Long Island University, where she was a Conolly College Scholar, and she holds the master’s degree from Syracuse University, where she was the University Fellow in Broadcasting. She earned her doctorate at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), with a Clinical Residency in Human Values and Medical Ethics at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences.

She has held media positions as a newspaper columnist, book editor, nighttime television talkshow host/producer, and special events anchor, as well as national executive posts in advertising and marketing. And she is frequently interviewed and cited by the media as an expert in media literacy and romantic relationships.

With husband Dr. Dave, she has co-directed cultural and performing arts travel study programs to such romantic venues as London & Paris and Rome & Florence. They have also traveled extensively and made friends all over the globe—throughout Europe, China, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, and Australia and New Zealand, as well as the United States from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida.

Despite her busy professional and academic career,
Dr. Galician has always generously given her time and talent
for local and national service.

In addition to her extensive record of civic and religious leadership, Dr. Mary-Lou served as the founding national Vice Head and Program Chair of the Entertainment Studies Interest Group (ESIG) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Media Forum Planner of the 2003 national convention of the National Communication Association (NCA). She has served on the national board of directors of Women in Communication, Inc. (WICI) and was twice named WICI National Outstanding Adviser for her leadership of the Arizona State University student chapter.

She was selected as one of only 8 national 2005-2006 JLID Fellows (JLID = Journalism & Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity), co-sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication and the Association of Schools of Journalism & Mass Communication.

The Outstanding Americans Foundation honored her as "Woman of the Year." Her biography is published in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Entertainment, and the International Authors and Writers Who’s Who.




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