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Nicole Senft successfully defends doctoral dissertation

June 6, 2016 – Congratulations to Nicole Senft (mentor: Chentsova-Dutton (new window)) on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation, “Beliefs about the spread of emotions: Relationships to reported and observable emotional behavior through interpersonal goals.”

Nicole is continuing her research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Population Studies & Disparities Research Program (new window) at Wayne State University. Her research applies a cultural psychological perspective toward examining how beliefs and expectations about emotions guide interpersonal behavior. Her graduate work examined the content and consequences of beliefs about the value of emotions and beliefs about the spread of one’s emotions to others. Her current work examines these topics as they relate to racial disparities in cancer treatment and survivorship, investigating how people with cancer interact with healthcare providers, informal support networks, and online communities.