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 Ph.D. candidate in Communication Science under the mentorship of Professor Lyn Van Swol. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology, with honors, from the UC Santa Barbara in 2014. I received my Master's degree, with my thesis titled "The Effects of Attachment on Social Support and Post-Breakup Emotional Health," in Communication Arts from the UW-Madison in 2018. My research interests include social support processes, specifically the utilization of advice, within close relationships. From September 2016 to August 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. I have collaborated with scholars in Educational Psychology at the UW-Madison, and currently collaborating with scholars in Life Science Communication at the UW-Madison.


  • 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. L. (2018). How Does Social Media Use Relate to Adolescents’ Internalizing Symptoms? Conclusions from a Systematic Narrative Review. Adolescent Research Review, 1-24.


Updated: October 2018


  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 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