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CHRISTOPHER D. OTMAR

PhD Candidate at UC Santa Barbara

Interpersonal Communication

Social Connection & Health Equity Researcher

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Education

PhD

September 2019 - Present

COMMUNICATION

University of California, Santa Barbara

Advisor: Dr. Norah Dunbar

Committee: Dr. Andy Merolla, Dr. Jennifer Kam

Dissertation: Withdrawing from Connection: An Intensive Longitudinal Analysis of Social Anxiety, Isolation, and Moments of Prosocial Communication

MA

September 2017 - May 2019

COMMUNICATION

San Diego State University

Advisor: Dr. Colter Ray

Committee: Dr. Brian Spitzberg, Dr. Sesen Negash
MA Thesis: The Influence of Interpersonal Patterns of Forgiveness on Relational Resilience

BA

September 2012 - May 2016

COMMUNICATION & POLITICAL SCIENCE

California Lutheran University

Advisor: Dr. Monica Gracyalny

Honors Thesis: The Impact of Student-Faculty Interaction Outside the Classroom and Communication Apprehension’s Effect on Student Participation Inside the Classroom 

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