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MSU Students



Nicole is pursuing a M.A. in Social Psychology at New York University. She has a M.A. in Communication from Michigan State University. Some research areas that interest her include parent-child communication, nonverbal communication, and the psychology of close relationships. Her thesis specifically looks at the romantic relationships of individuals who grew up in high conformity-oriented families. In her free time, she enjoys performing, choreographing, and teaching dance. Nicole hopes to go on for her PhD and to teach and conduct research abroad.



Kelsey Earle is a current PhD student at Michigan State University. Her main research interest focuses on how interpersonal relationships are formed and maintained using technology. She is also studying how impressions are formed through online spaces such as social media. Her passion for family communication was found during a project that examined how parents use GPS tracking or location sharing applications to monitor their college-aged children. She spends most of her free time with her husband and their pets hiking, playing video games, and baking. She is looking forward to a long career studying communication and is grateful for the opportunity to work in the FCR lab!

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Jackie is pursuing a M.A. in Communication at Michigan State University. She is from Milford, MI and grew up in a family of die-hard MSU fans. Research areas that interest her include interpersonal communication, family communication, and group communication. She also works at a medical clinic providing applied behavior analysis therapy to autistic children. In her free time she enjoys reading, going for walks, and traveling. Research excites her and she is enjoying her experience on the research team.

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Marissa Immel is a senior majoring in Communication studies with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She grew up in Munising, Michigan, which is in the Upper Peninsula. This small town is known for its beautiful outdoor scenery and Pictured Rocks. Marissa has spent her last semester of undergrad learning more about family studies and applying to graduate programs to become a Speech Language Pathologist. Some of Marissa’s hobbies include spending time with her friends and family, watching sporting events, and playing with her dog. 

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Molly has an M.A. in Communication and is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Molly is interested in accessibility and accommodations for learners as she works as a teaching assistant in the Broad College of Business as a graduate assistant. She works with DisArt as an operations manager

Some research areas that interest her include family conflict, pedagogy, and persuasive communication. Molly grew up in San Antonio, Texas and received her BA in interpersonal and organizational communicationIn from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX in 2017. In her free time, Molly enjoys playing with her dog, gardening, and playing basketball and pickleball with her partner. Molly hopes to incorporate her background in adult education and organizational and interpersonal communication to pursue a career in Human Resources. 

UW Students

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Cimmiaron F. Alvarez is a PhD student at the University of Washington where she studies interpersonal and family communication with Dr. Scharp. Her research interests lie at the intersection of family, interpersonal, and health communication. Specifically, Cimmiaron is interested in how individuals manage impressions and cope during difficult transitions. 



Brooke Wolfe is a PhD Student at the University of Washington and is advised by Dr. Scharp. Her program of research focuses on how individuals productively and unproductively engage in processes of social support and resilience in interpersonal and family relationships. She has co-authored research articles that have recently been featured in journals such as Communication Monographs and Health Communication.

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