Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance
Kayla D. Hales is a Ph.D. candidate and Bunton-Waller Fellow in The Pennsylvania State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). She is originally from the Bronx, NY and earned a B.S. in Information Technology (focusing on communication with a minor in management) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Ms. Hales’ current research focuses on Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) as it relates to interpersonal relationship maintenance. This research explores the relationship between CMC and individual differences, relationship features (e.g. stability, satisfaction), and demographics. More specifically, Ms. Hales’ dissertation topic focuses on the use of CMC in pre-established, monogamous, non-platonic, heterosexual relationships. Her intent is to uncover the factors that influence the impact of CMC on interpersonal relationships and how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be used as a tool to achieve relational goals. Ms. Hales will be defending her dissertation, titled “Multimedia Relational Maintenance in the 21st Century,” on March 30, 2011.