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Xi Tian

Xi Tian

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts and Sciences

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802


  1. B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2013
  2. M.S., Texas Christian University, 2015
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated completion 2020

Xi Tian studies processes of supportive communication that foster psychological and physical health following non-normative stressors, such as pregnancy loss and the death of a loved one. She is interested in understanding how supportive messages and conversations encourage new ways of interpreting adversity to alleviate emotional distress. She teaches communication research methods, communication theory, interpersonal communication, and family communication.

Advisor: Dr. Denise Solomon