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. As of August 2022, I am continuing my education as a PhD student in the Cornell University Department of Communication.


Broadly, my research focuses on the psychological effects of virtual reality embodiment , social media use, and entertainment media consumption. Within these domains, I am particularly interested in accessibility and disability representation. 

Research Interests

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