Postdoctoral Research Associate
Alex Karan received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. He continued to receive his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2019. Alex is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research has primarily focused on individual and interpersonal coping strategies specifically within stressful health contexts. Additionally, he is interested in communication patterns to best understand communal efforts to cope with stress. To this end, Alex explores a multitude of health-related situations including coping with cancer, treating and preventing substance misuse and HIV, improving vaccination patterns, and recommendations given to improve daily health behaviors (e.g., reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption). Ultimately, Alex is motivated to craft health interventions to improve everyday life for those living with health conditions, particularly as it may apply to disadvantaged segments of society (e.g., those with limited access to healthcare).
Alex is currently instructing a combined undergraduate and graduate course titled, "Social Communication in the Age of Digital Media."
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