Kyla Rankin, MA
Kyla Rankin is a sixth-year graduate student in the social and personality psychology program at UCR. She received her BA in psychology from California State University, Fresno and MA in psychology from UCR. As a graduate student, Kyla examines the downstream consequences of engaging in uncertainty-related coping strategies, with a particular interest in the role of preemptive benefit finding. Concurrently, she is using longitudinal and experimental methods to explore the benefits of flow while people wait for stressful and uncertain news, with the goal of creating an effective and easy-to-incorporate intervention for people enduring some of the most stressful moments in life. She is also interested in observing how social groups affect the psychological trajectories associated with uncertain waiting periods. In her free time, Kyla likes to marathon TV shows, read popular fiction novels, and visit family and friends back home.