Christopher is a PhD student in the Department of Communication with an emphasis in interpersonal communication. He earned his BA in Communication and Political Science from California Lutheran University and his MA in Communication from San Diego State University. His research concentrates on how romantic couples and family systems communicate during times of conflict, with particular interest in communicating gratitude, resentment, and forgiveness. He is also interested in advancing methods to research and understand nonverbal interaction. He previously worked in editorial and sales at SAGE Publishing and taught public speaking at San Diego State.