Cali Salafia

Human Development and Family Sciences

Entered the Program: 2020

Current program: 

  • Ph.D.
  • Areas of Specialization: Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention

Previous Education:

  • M.A., Health Psychology, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) -2020
  • B.A., Psychology, Philosophy Minor, University at Albany (SUNY Albany) – 2017

Research Interests:

  • Psychosocial factors in cancer and chronic illness, adjustment to chronic illness for patient and family
  • Medical-decision making and communication surrounding treatment
  • Social media and health behaviors

Major Advisor: Keith Bellizzi

Assistantship Experience:

  • Instructor of Record (2200 HDFS) at UConn, Fall 2022, Spring 2023
  • Research Assistant for the UConn-Yale Resilience Cancer Survivorship Study, Fall 2020-Spring 2023
  • Research Methods 2004W Teaching Assistant at UConn, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2023
  • Research Assistant in the Media Psychology Lab at CCSU, 2019-2020
  • Graduate Assistant for the Department of Psychological Science at CCSU, 2019-2020
  • Research Intern at the Center for Behavioral Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 2019-2020

Recent awards/scholarships/fellowships:

  • T32 Predoctoral Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2023-2024
  • Graduate School Academic Achievement Award, CCSU, 2020
  • Outstanding Research Award for a master’s thesis for the Department of Psychological Science at CCSU, 2020
  • Conference Scholarship for Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention from CCSU, 2019



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