Katrina Pariera (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Communication, with an additional appointment as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She holds a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and an M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. Her research is in sexual communication and sexual health. She looks at how parents and children talk about sex and how to increase the frequency and quality of these conversations. She also explores social norms about sex and the effect that they have on individuals, families, and couples, and examines how sexual health is portrayed on television. Her work has appeared in Health Communication, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and the Journal of Family Communication.