Rachael Farina

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy

Entered the Program: 2019

Hometown: Newington, Connecticut

Current Program:

  • Ph.D. Human Development and Family Sciences (Health and Wellbeing) 2019 – present

Previous Education:

  • B.S., Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2016
  • M.A., Human Development and Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy), University of Connecticut, 2018

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent and adult pornography consumption
  • Parent/child communication regarding sex
  • Sexual behavior, beliefs, and attitudes

Advising Committee:

  1. Major Advisor: Dr. Shannon Weaver (HDFS)
  2. Associate Advisor: Dr. Eva Lefkowitz (HDFS)
  3. Associate Advisor: Dr. Amanda Denes (Communication)

Assistantship Experience:

  • Teaching Assistant (HDFS 4007W) Spring 2021
  • Research Assistant (UConn Early College Experience Program), Fall 2019/Spring 2020/ Fall 2020
  • Teaching Assistant (HDFS 2001), Fall 2019/Spring 2020
  • Teaching Assistant (HDFS 1060), Fall 2016/Spring 2017


  • College of Liberal Art and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2020
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Spring 2020
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