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Ria Gualano

About Me

In May 2022, I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Theatre Arts. Since August 2022, I have continued my education as a PhD student in the Cornell University Department of Communication.


Broadly, my research focuses on accessibility in digital and virtual reality spaces. Through a critical lens, I study the social and institutional barriers facing people who manage visible and invisible disabilities. In my work, I aim to produce actionable guidelines that could improve the accessibility of social, educational and work spaces.

Research Interests

Accessible technology, avatar embodiment, virtual reality, disability representation, design for well-being, media psychology, social media, computer-mediated communication

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