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Department ofCommunication

Kaitlin Cannava

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Kaitlin Cannava
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Kaitlin Cannava is a social scientist specializing in innovative multi-method language research in interpersonal and health communication. Her current research examines social support and language coordination, with a particular focus on language style and repetition within conversation. Her primary interests are developing novel interpersonal coding techniques and computer algorithms to automatically map stable and identifiable linguistic trends in supportive communication to enhance understanding of interpersonal conversation dynamics.

Her work has been published in Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Health Communication, and Communication Monographs. She has shared her research at over 30 regional, national, and international conferences across the disciplines of Communication Studies, Linguistics, Psychology, and Neuroscience. She has also been interviewed for popular press outlets such as Discover Magazine and New York Magazine.


B.A. in Communication Studies and Psychology, Northern Kentucky University, 2011

M.A. in Communication Studies, Louisiana State University, 2012

Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Louisiana State University, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Communication Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2018

  • Interpersonal Communication Studies (COMM 01)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (COMM 110)