The Team

Natalie Bazarova, Dan Cosley, and Janis Whitlock lead a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, staff, and students.

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The ShareSome team at our 2016 group retreat.


Natalie_BazarovaNatalie Bazarova is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. She studies how people communicate and relate to one another in social media. Her recent research focuses on online self-disclosure and privacy, with some of her new papers examining disclosure motivations, interpretations, language of disclosure, and its social and psychological effects. In addition to disclosure, her research interests include attributional judgments, relational processes, intercultural communication, and group decision-making. Find her website here.

Janis-WhitlockJanis Whitlock is the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Janis has worked extensively in the area of adolescent and women’s health and possesses formal training in Public Health and Human Development. She is particularly interested in the social, cultural, and contextual factors which influence adolescent development and identity formation. She has published in the areas of adolescent connectedness to school and community and, more recently, in self-injurious behavior in adolescents and young adults.

Dan CosleyDan Cosley is an associate professor of Information Science at Cornell University who does research around human-computer interaction and social media. His high-level research goal is to build systems that leverage people’s pre-existing behavior in digital media to create new individual and social goods. He values interdisciplinary research, sees research experience as a core component of undergraduate as well as graduate education, and prefers work that makes contributions both to academia and to society more broadly. Find his website here.

Graduate Students

Yoon_ChoiYoon Hyung Choi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. She has research interests in computer-mediated communication, with a focus on online self-disclosure and subjective well-being. More specifically, she is interested in how people conduct social interactions and share personal information on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and the effects that this has on people’s well-being. Yoon received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.


pamPamara Chang is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication. She is interested in how people manage stigma information and identities with communication and information technologies, specifically in the context of invisible disabilities. For the ShareSoMe group, she is currently working on a project that examines social support for distressed posts on social media.


franFranccesca Kazerooni is a PhD student in the Department of Communication.  She is primarily interested in researching intergroup dynamics and communication in on- and offline spaces.  Additionally, Franccesca is interested in examining the ways in which marginalized individuals represent their identities on social media.  For the ShareSoMe Research group, she is currently working on a project examining the factors that impact cyberbystander intervention.


Sam Taylor

Samuel Hardman Taylor studies how people use social media to maintain their relationships. His research focuses on how families use information and communication technologies, parenting in the digital age, Internet use in the home, online risky behaviors, and online relational maintenance behaviors. Sam is a Ph.D. student in the Communication Department at Cornell University, and he earned a master’s degree in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University.