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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 2019

Xi Tian studies supportive communication in the context of bereavement. Her research examines communication strategies that people use to help bereaved individuals make sense of and cope with traumatic loss. She is particularly interested in studying how conversational processes facilitate cognitive reappraisal to alleviate emotional distress. She teaches public speaking, communication research methods, family communication, and communication theory.

Advisor: Dr. Denise Solomon