InCHIP Lecture Series: Tamara Afifi 3/1/18

Please join us for our next event in the Spring 2018 InCHIP Lecture Series!

 “The Theory of Resilience and Relational Load: Implications for Families and Health”

Tamara Afifi, PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday March 1, 2018
12:30 – 1:30pm

To attend this lecture, please RSVP


Tamara Afifi is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara.  Her research focuses on communication patterns that foster risk and resiliency in families and other interpersonal relationships, with particular emphasis on:  (1) how people communicate when they are stressed and the impact of these communication patterns on personal and relational health and (2) information regulation (privacy, secrets, disclosure, avoidance, stress contagion).  Her latest research focuses on testing her new theory called the Theory of Resilience and Relational Load (TRRL) in a variety of contexts (e.g., chronic illness, financial hardship, fast-paced families, long-term marriage and cancer, long-term dating relationships, virtual reality as a form of relationship maintenance for older adults in assisted living centers).  Professor Afifi is the editor of Communication Monographs.  She has received numerous research awards, including the Young Scholar Award from the International Communication Association in 2006 and the Brommel Award for a distinguished career of research in family communication from the National Communication Association in 2011.  Her research has appeared in numerous news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today,, Oprah Magazine and Family Circle.

Co-Sponsored By:

  • UConn Allied Health Sciences
  • UConn Center for the Study of Culture, Health and Human Development
  • UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
  • UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UConn Department of Communication
  • UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • UConn School of Business
  • UConn School of Medicine
  • UConn School of Social Work

For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

Livestream Access
View the live stream of the lecture via the InCHIP website, or view it later in our archives.


About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series.