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:

  • August 2020-Present: UConn-Yale Resilience Cancer Survivorship Study, Research Assistant, UConn
  • August 2020-Present: Research Methods 2004W Teaching Assistant, UConn
  • January 2019-August 2020: Media Psychology Lab, Graduate Research Assistant, CCSU
  • January 2019-May 2020: Graduate Assistant for the Department of Psychological Science, CCSU
  • June 2019-July 2020: Center for Behavioral Health, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Recent awards/scholarships/fellowships:

  • 2020-Graduate School Academic Achievement Award, CCSU
  • 2020-Outstanding Research Award for a master’s thesis for the Department of Psychological Science at CCSU
  • 2019-Conference Scholarship for Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention from CCSU



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