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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 centers the communication of disability, which I currently examine through projects on participatory disability and neurodiversity arts, higher education accommodations and accessibility, and invisible disability representation in social VR avatars. 

Outside of research, I sketch fashion designs and write romance novels that spotlight folklore and culture from my Chinese heritage. 

Research Interests

Accessible technology, computer-mediated communication, disability and neurodiversity arts, disability representation, higher education accommodations, inclusive avatars, invisible disabilities, virtual reality

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