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Stephanie Tikkanen, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies
    Member of the Social Media Analytics Research Team at OHIO
  • Scripps College of Communication
  • tikkanen@ohio.edu
  • 740-593-0596
  • 714-335-5538
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  • SMART Lab

Areas of Expertise:
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Impression Management, Interpersonal Communication, Online Communication, Online dating, Self-Presentation Online, Social Media, Social Media and Relationships, Social Support, Special Needs Parents

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Dr. Tikkanen (M.A., Ph.D. University of California-Santa Barbara) focuses on the growing role of new media (e.g., social networking sites, mobile phones) in interpersonal relationships. Specifically, she takes a theoretical and quantitative approach to understanding the way in which channel and structural features interact with individual and relational motivations to affect interpersonal processes across relational types, including families, romantic partners, and friends.

Her research primarily focuses on how structural features (e.g., anonymity, asynchronicity) impact disclosure and the provision and receipt of social support. Research projects include: examining online social support processes of fathers of special needs children, how the parent-child relationship is impacted by parents’ use of Facebook, use of mHealth applications, Twitter responses to tragedies such as the #OrlandoShooting, and motivations for offering support to distressed individuals on anonymous disclosure apps such as YikYak.

Her work has been published in outlets such as Journal of Communication, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Communication Studies, and Communication Research Reports, as well as competitive papers presented at national conferences.

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