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Stephanie Robbins

Assistant Professor

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PhD, Communication, Certificate of College and University Teaching (CCUT); University of California Santa Barbara
MA, Communication; University of California Santa Barbara
BA, Chapman University

Research Interests

My research program focuses on the growing role of new media (e.g., social networking sites, mobile phones) in interpersonal relationships. Specifically, I take a theoretical approach to understanding the way in which channel and structural features interact with individual and relational motivations to affect interpersonal processes across relational types.


Publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Communication, Journal of Language and Social Psychology , and Communication Research Reports, as well as peer-selected papers presented at national conferences.

Selected Honors and Awards

UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2013)
National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar invitee (2012)
George D. McCune Dissertation Fellowship (2012)
Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant ($1,600; 2012)
UCSB Department of Communication Edwin Schoell Excellence in Teaching Award (2011)
UCSB Department of Communication Service Award (2011)
Top Thesis Award, International Communication Association, Interpersonal Division (2011)

Teaching Interests

Interpersonal communication; New media/Social media; Disclosure; Quantitative methods


Alongside teaching and research, Stephanie enjoys reading, baking, sewing, and hanging out with family, friends, and her adorable niece and nephews.