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Updated: Mar 18

Tamara Afifi is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on family and interpersonal communication in two domains: (1) how people communicate when they are stressed and its impact on personal and relational health, and (2) information regulation.

Dr. Afifi is one of only a handful of scholars who studies whole families in such a detailed and innovative manner. Her work often includes community-based populations that are difficult to access (e.g., undocumented immigrants, refugees, residents with Alzheimer’s, families with chronic illnesses).

Dr. Afifi has received numerous recognitions for her scholarship, service, and teaching. She is currently the PI on a Phase II clinical trial funded by the National Institute on Aging, examining the impact of virtual reality on the quality of life of residents who have dementia and their family member who live at a distance in 12 senior living communities in the Santa Barbara area and Boston. Her research has appeared in numerous news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Canadian Living, Family Circle. and

Watch the fascinating interview with Prof. Tamara Affi:


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