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Tessa DeAngelo


  • M.A., Communication, University of California, Davis, 2016
  • B.A., Communication, University of California, Davis, 2012
  • B.A., Art Studio, University of California, Davis, 2012
  • A.A., Social Science, American River College, 2010


As a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication, her research interests are primarily concerned with how individuals process messages in online environments and incorporate theoretical perspectives within the field of media psychology. 

Tessa has teaching experience in both public speaking and interpersonal communication. She has also served as a teaching assistant for a number of core and elective communication courses, including introduction to mass communication, communication theories, empirical methods, strategic communication in public relations, and intercultural communication. 

Research Focus

Tessa's research is centered around motivated information processing theory and is dedicated to understanding how message formal features and content affect information processing. Tessa is currently investigating the effects of visual design and emotion in an online, multi-phase dissertation project. Her earlier research has considered the use of message cues within the context of email communication and their impact on receiver email interaction. 


Top Student Reviewer Award for the Information Systems Division at the Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic, 2018

Institute for Social Sciences Summer Training Award, University of California, Davis, 2018 

Summer Training and Research Support Award, University of California, Davis, 2016