Irene Sarmiento

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  • Fellow
  • Communication Science
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My name is Irene Sarmiento, and I am a graduate student under the mentorship of Catalina L. Toma, PhD. I received my bachelor’s with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in June 2014. While at UCSB, I completed a psychology honors thesis entitled ‘The Effects of Positive Emotions in Relation to Adaptive Coping Styles and Stressors.’ My research interests are in interpersonal communication, specifically computer-mediated communication and close relationships. Beginning in September 2016, I became one of the fellows for the UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Training grant within the Departments of Communication Arts and Educational Psychology, focusing on Social Media, Youth, and Assessment.



  • Bonus, J.A., Peebles, A.Mares, M.L., & Sarmiento, I.G. (2017). Look on the bright side (of media effects): Pokémon Go as a catalyst for positive life experiences. Media Psychology.


Updated: October 2017


  • B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014


  • UW-Madison ITP Grant: Youth Development, Social Media, and Assessment , 2017
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship , UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2017
  • UW-Madison ITP Grant: Youth Development, Social Media, and Assessment , 2016
  • Pearce Award , UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts , 2016
  • Distinction within the Psychology Major , UCSB Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences , 2014


  • Communication Arts 100: Introduction to Speech Composition
  • Communication Arts 272: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication