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Lab Director

Dr. Rosanna Guadagno


Dr. Rosanna Guadagno is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas>with appointments in Emerging Media and Communication and in Psychology. Her research interests focus on the confluence of Social Influence in Mediated Contexts; Psychological Processes in Social Media, Video Games, and Virtual Environments; Gender Roles

Dr. Guadagno received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University and completed her postdoctoral work at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After serving on the faculty at the University of Alabama, Dr. Guadagno spent two years as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation serving three programs: Social Psychology; the Science of Learning Centers; and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC).

Her work has been published in journals such as: Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Inquiry, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Computers in Human Behavior, Media Psychology, CyberPsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking,and Sex Roles; and covered in the press by: CBS News, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Associated Press, ESPN, The New Scientist, MSNBC, Wired Magazine (Italy), and Alabama Public Radio.

Dr. Guadagno is an expert blogger for Psychology Today, is on the editorial board for Basic and Applied Social Psychology and CyberPsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, and is also the Editor of the journal International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies.

With her former student, Dr. Brad Okdie, she the is the Co-Chair of the first inaugural (we hope!) Media Psychology PreConference at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual convention in San Antonio, TX on January 19, 2016.

Current Graduate Students

AmandaKAmanda Kimbrough, M. A.
Amanda is in her second year in UT Dallas' Arts and Technology Ph.D. program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Alabama. Her honor's thesis (with Dr. Guadagno as her mentor) examined men and women's Internet use and was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Amanda next obtained a Master's degree in Telecommunication and Film, studying the role of mediated technology on romantic relationships. Currently, her research interests center on the role of technology-mediated communication in romantic relationships.

Tonya McMillan, M. A.

Current Honor's Students

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Our lab has a small army of undergraduate research assistants. Without them, we could not do much of our research. Thank you!

Lab Graduates

Ph.D. Students - University of Alabama

Master's Students - University of Alabama

Master's Students - University of Texas at Dallas

Honor's Students - University of Alabama

Honor's Students - University of Texas at Dallas

*Leo Rojas, 2014 - 2016, "Gender, Leadership, and Conformity"

Undergraduate Research Assistants