- Master's: Cleveland State
- Bachelor's: Ohio State
Carlina DiRusso is a doctoral student in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. She earned her bachelor's degree in strategic communications from Ohio State University before moving to Los Angeles to begin a career in marketing and public relations at Universal Music Group. Her professional experience in digital marketing inspired her to pursue a master's degree from Cleveland State University, where she honed her research interests in media psychology theory and methodology.
Now at Penn State, her research examines the psychology of communication technology and media effects, with particular interests in health and science communication. More specifically, she studies the psychological and behavioral outcomes of interacting with media and technologies like social media, online news, and artificial intelligence. She has presented her research at conferences, including ACM’s SIGCHI: Human Factors in Computing Systems, the National Communication Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.