Ariana is an alumna of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a B.A. in Communication in 2013. She studies interpersonal health communication and is interested in how communication impacts individuals’ resilience to disease and disease progression. Ariana’s research interests focus on social support, coping, and health outcomes within the cancer, chronic illness, and healthcare experience. Related research interests include physician-patient communication, physician and caregiver outcomes, palliative care, and affectionate communication.