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Quoting video game designer Jesse Schell, “technology is a way to make new things possible.” Through my research, I seek to explore that very notion, whether through communication or crime, relationships or self-concept.

I am a doctoral student at Arizona State University with interests in the realm of cyberpsychology, which encompasses the psychological phenomena that stem from technology’s ever-increasing presence. For more information on my research, please click here. Click here for an ongoing feed of news and current events in cyberpsychology.

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Electric circuitry has overthrown the regime of ‘time’ and ‘space’ and pours upon us instantly and continuously the concerns of all other men. It has reconstituted dialogue on a global scale.
— McLuhan & Fiore (1967, p. 16)
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Copyright Denise Karis

Copyright Denise Karis

I combine degrees in Psychology, Spanish, and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I was named a Carolina Research Scholar for my strong emphasis in interdisciplinary research.

This unique combination of the digital and the human has informed my current area of research in cyberpsychology alongside Dr. Virginia S. Y. Kwan. For more information about this area of work, please read our 2015 book chapter. I expect to graduate from Arizona State University with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in early 2017.

I am deeply grateful to the National Science Foundation, Facebook, and ASU’s Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) for funding my graduate career.

Why cyberpsychology?

While other three-year-olds were learning how to swim,* my dad was teaching me how to navigate a beige, boxy Apple LC-II.

I still haven’t learned this crucial life skill.

We’re talking black-and-white screen the size of my still-bald head with a mouse so boxy it might have been an NES controller — and I loved it. By the time I was 11, I’d set up more than 25 websites and chatrooms built around HTML and (the still relatively new) CSS; by the time I was 14, I was writing elementary programs.

I chose my minor in Information Systems — which is provided by Carolina’s world-renowned School of Information & Library Science — very carefully. Although computer science and programming courses were required for this concentration, they were focused almost exclusively on the machine, rather than its two-way interaction with the human user. I wanted to know the full picture, particularly in a digital age where we are growing increasingly reliant upon the devices we keep so close at hand each day. And thus my fascination with cyberpsychology, the marriage of technology and psychology, was born.

For more information about my research, please click here.