Relationships & Technology Lab
The Relationships and Technology Lab conducts social scientific research on interpersonal communication, technology use, and relationships. If you're an undergraduate student who is interested in getting involved as a research assistant, please email your CV and a short statement of interest to Dr. Sharabi. If you're a prospective graduate student and would like to learn more about our Ph.D. program in Interpersonal Communication, you can find more information here.
Marco Dehnert is a third-year doctoral student originally from Germany. He earned his B.A. in General Rhetoric from the University of Tübingen and his M.A. in Communication Studies from Arizona State University. Marco's research focuses on human-machine communication and critical/cultural communication studies, where he explores how one recognizes and disavows the other in communicative encounters. His work has appeared in Human-Machine Communication, Review of Communication, and Communication Studies.
Cassandra Ryder is a second-year interpersonal communication doctoral student. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Cassandra's research focuses specifically on romantic relationship initiation through technology such as online dating, as well as how trauma is communicated via technology and in-person to others. She is currently analyzing data from two of her most recent research projects, one of which is on bad first date experiences with people met through online dating. The other is on how anticipatory and disenfranchised grief is communicated on Reddit after losing a loved one to COVID-19.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Megan Niehoff is an undergraduate sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently studying Political Science with a minor in Communication with the goal of working for an international non-profit organization. She plans on becoming involved with community service projects and clubs on and off campus during her time at Arizona State University.
Delaney Overturf is an undergraduate junior from Redondo Beach, California. She is currently pursuing a degree in Communication and a minor in Media Analysis. She is interested in research on interpersonal relationships and communication. She hopes to use her studies to further her interest in public relations.
Isabella Werner is an undergraduate senior from Tempe, Arizona. She is currently studying Computer Systems Engineering with a concentration in Cybersecurity with the goal of becoming a project manager at a technology company. She plans on further developing her leadership skills while working in roles that require attention to detail and organized structure for project iteration.