Sara Stifano

Assistant Professor in-Residence

Department of Communication


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2016


Sara Stifano is an Assistant Professor in-Residence in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. She earned her doctorate in Communication from UConn in 2016. Her research interests are focused primarily on the effect of emotion in decision-making, particularly in risky situations. Her current research projects focus on the creation and implementation of health messages that utilize emotional education in narrative media, with the goal of improving traditional safe sex messages.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 3000Q: Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM 4220W: Small Group Communication
  • COMM 3450: Gender and Communication
  • COMM 3200: Interpersonal Communication

Research Interests

  • Influence of emotion on decision-making
  • Use of emotional education in health messages
  • Influence of attachment on proneness to emotional experiences
  • Role of emotional education in persuasion

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-0438
Mailing Address337 Mansfield Rd, Unit 1259 Storrs, CT 06269
Office Location232 ARJ