M.A., Ohio University
(Fall 2015 Cohort)
Melissa Rizzo Weller is a third year graduate student in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Her primary research area is identity, stigma, and supportive communication within the adoption community, in both face-to-face groups and Facebook groups. She has also studied how we use supportive communication in volunteer communities, such as Relay for Life, and anonymity in social media applications, such as Yik Yak. Outside of scholarly work and study, Weller spends time with her husband and four children. She enjoys gardening, visiting extended family, and co-chairs her community Relay for Life event.