Christopher Otmar

Graduate Student

Office Location

SSMS 3322


Christopher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His primary area of specialization is interpersonal communication, with emphases in nonverbal behavior, anxiety, and social connection. His research looks at the interpersonal triggers and relational consequences of social anxiety, especially for sexual minority men. He is particularly interested in understanding how communication-based pathways can foster resilience for those with social anxiety.

He received his BA in Communication and Political Science at California Lutheran University and his MA in Communication at San Diego State University. Christopher has taught Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and the Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication at UC Santa Barbara and previously taught Public Speaking at San Diego State University.