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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 virtual reality accessibility, disability arts, and higher education accommodations. Through a critical lens, I center the experiences of people with invisible disabilities. In my work, I aim to produce actionable guidelines for enhancing the inclusivity of social, educational and work spaces. I am particularly interested in pairing traditional research methods with the creative arts. 

Research Interests

Accessible technology, avatar embodiment, computer-mediated communication, disability arts, disability representation, institutional accommodations, invisible disabilities, media psychology, social media, virtual reality

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