Kirstie M. Cope Farrar, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Reserach Interests:

  • the effects of the mass media on individuals
  • the effects of the mass media on adolescent socialization
  • the effects of televised portrayals of sexual intercourse on young people
  • the effects of different contextual features of violent video games on aggression related outcomes
  • the effects of mass media portrayals of breastfeeding and childbirth on women’s attitudes towards childbirth and infant feeding

InCHIP Project:

Co-Principal Investigator,
HIV Prevention Computer Game for Urban Minority Emerging Adults


Ph.D. 2001 Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara
(Dissertation: Sexual Intercourse on Television: Do Risk and Responsibility Messages Matter?)

M.A. 1998 Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara(Thesis: Sexually-Related Talk and Behavior in Adolescents’ Favorite TV Shows)

B.A. 1995 Communication
(Minor area: English)
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Cum Laude

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Communication
850 Bolton Road, Unit 1085
(Phillips Communication Sciences Building, PCSB)
Storrs, CT 06269-1085