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Drawing on theories rooted in interpersonal communication, evolutionary psychology, and public health, my research identifies the communication mechanisms that contribute to adverse relational outcomes for those with social anxiety. The central goal of this research is to understand how interpersonal communication can improve social connection for individuals with social anxiety, offset the consequences of withdrawal behaviors, and decrease feelings of loneliness. My research also focuses on how early experiences of social ostracism impact the present-day well-being and anxiety levels of sexual and gender minority individuals. By constructing and testing theories of social connection, I aim to develop targeted interventions for LGBTQ+ youth to help foster an environment of social safety across online/technology-mediated, educational, and familial contexts. I primarily use multilevel longitudinal modeling and dyadic interaction analysis to explore these topics.

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