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InCHIP Lecture Series: Tamara Afifi

Thursday, March 1, 2018
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
J. Ryan building

"The Theory of Resilience and Relational Load: Implications for Families and Health"

Tamara Afifi, PhD

Professor Interpersonal Health Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara

***About the Speaker***

Tamara Afifi is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on communication patterns that foster risk and resiliency in families and other interpersonal relationships, with particular emphasis on: (1) how people communicate when they are stressed and the impact of these communication patterns on personal and relational health and (2) information regulation (privacy, secrets, disclosure, avoidance, stress contagion). Her latest research focuses on testing her new theory called the Theory of Resilience and Relational Load (TRRL) in a variety of contexts (e.g., chronic illness, financial hardship, fast-paced families, long-term marriage and cancer, long-term dating relationships, virtual reality as a form of relationship maintenance for older adults in assisted living centers). Professor Afifi is the editor of Communication Monographs. She has received numerous research awards, including the Young Scholar Award from the International Communication Association in 2006 and the Brommel Award for a distinguished career of research in family communication from the National Communication Association in 2011. Her research has appeared in numerous news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today,, Oprah Magazine and Family Circle.

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