Relationships & Technology Lab

The Relationships & Technology Lab conducts social scientific research on interpersonal communication, romantic relationships, and communication technologies. We’re no longer accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. If you’re interested in earning upper-division course credit for working in the lab in the future, please email me for more information.

Graduate Students


Janine Beer

Janine Beer is a master’s student from Buckhannon, WV. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from West Virginia University in 2019. She is pursuing her M.A. in Communication Theory and Research and is a graduate teaching assistant in the department. She chose to study communication because she is intrigued by interpersonal relationships and is interested in the way people build and maintain relationships through different channels and means of expression. As an undergraduate student she worked as a research assistant, was a member of Lambda Pi Eta, and had the opportunity to serve as a McConnell Chair Ambassador. 


Morgan Winner

Morgan Winner is a master's student from Cumberland, Maryland. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology from West Virginia University in 2019, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Communication Theory and Research. Morgan also is currently a graduate teaching assistant within the department.   


Undergraduate Research Assistants


Jordan Coddington

Jordan Coddington is an undergraduate junior from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. She is currently studying communication and pursuing a double minor in Public Relations and Strategic Social Media with an emphasis in Social Media and Communication Technology. She is a Public Relations Street Team Member for The Daily Athenaeum and a member of the Undergraduate Communication Association. In addition, she worked as a Junior Faculty Advisor for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference this past summer.


Jake Mozden 

Jake Mozden is an undergraduate senior from Chicago, Illinois. He is currently working toward a degree in Mathematics with minors in both Communication Studies and Forensics. He hopes to work doing data analytics. 


Christiana Robey

Christiana Robey is an undergraduate senior from Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology at West Virginia University. She is a member of Lambda Pi Eta and Psi Chi as well as a MindFit Academic Enhancement Tutor. She hopes to earn a master’s degree in Communication Studies. 

Madison Wedge

Madison Wedge is an undergraduate Junior from Charleston, West Virginia. She is working to complete her degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Social Media and Communication Technology. She is also pursuing additional minors in Advertising and Statistics. In the future, she plans to complete a master’s degree in communication and contribute to other research projects.