Nikki Truscelli


Office Location

SSMS 4425


relational communication, close attachment relationships and well-being


Ph.D. Communication, Arizona State University (2020); M.A. Counseling, Arizona State University (2021); M.A. Communication, San Diego State University (2016); B.A. Communication Studies, California State University, Chico (2014)


Nikki Truscelli’s primary focus is creating spaces and opportunities for meaningful human connection. Nikki specializes in relational communication and close relationships, specifically examining the intersections of said relationships and well-being. Nikki completed her MA in Counseling and seeks to create more Communication courses that practice and embody what meaningful dialogue looks like, both in the classroom and beyond. Nikki is particularly passionate about providing students the opportunity of experiential practice in conversation and guiding students on how to be with others, especially during challenging times. She enjoys exploring the role of communication as central to fostering and maintaining meaningful connections in our lives, from everyday interactions to intimate conversations.


Nikki is enthusiastic about her current role as Project Manager for the NIH funded THRIVE study, working alongside Dr. Tammy Afifi. This study explores new opportunities for connection between aging adults and their adult children, specifically examining the role of Virtual Reality as a relational maintenance tool.