Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
B.A., Communication Studies, Chapman University (2007)
M.A., Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara (2010)
Ph.D., Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara (2013)
Stephanie Tikkanen's scholarship focuses on the intersection of interpersonal communication and new media technology. Specifically, she takes a theoretical approach to understanding the way in which channel affordances of emerging technologies interact with individual cognitions and relational motivations to affect interpersonal processes such as disclosure and social support across relational types and in marginalized or understudied populations.
As part of her work, Tikkanen volunteers with the Sturge-Weber Foundation, an international non- profit devoted to research and support for families affected by a rare genetic disorder, Sturge- Weber Syndrome. In her role with SWF, she helps connect patients and families with medical and social researchers, develop research ideas, and process data.
She deeply loves teaching, and has been recognized at the university and regional levels for her teaching and mentorship. She teaches courses in quantitative research methods and interpersonal communication, and enjoys finding ways to make the content accessible and applicable to students’ everyday lives.
Interpersonal Communication Studies (COMM 01), Quantitative Research Methods (COMM 110)