Irene Sarmiento

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Communication Science
Office Hours:
  • Wednesdays 10 am-12 pm
  • And by appointment
Expertise and Activities: 

My name is Irene Sarmiento, and I am a current Master's student in Communication Science under the mentorship of Professor Lyn Van Swol. My research interests include social support processes, specifically the utilization of advice, within close relationships. From Sept. 2016 to Aug. 2018, I was 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.
  • Sarmiento, I. G., Olson, C., Yeo, G., Chen, Y. A., Toma, C. L., Brown, B. B., . . . Mares, M. (2018). How does social media use relate to adolescents’ internalizing symptoms? Conclusions from a systematic narrative review. Adolescent Research Review.


Updated: September 2018


  • 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