After completing both his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in the Department of Communication at The State University of New York at Buffalo, Zach couldn’t picture himself anywhere else but UB for his PhD work. Consequently, Zach is currently enrolled as a first year PhD student in the department. Originally from Buffalo, Zach lived in New York City, NY and Rochester, NY before coming back to Buffalo to pursue his degree. Upon transferring to UB, Zach became interested in nonverbal communication and the research conducted by Dr. Mark Frank. “As an undergrad I took a basic Communication 101 class and was introduced to the research of Dr. Frank. I immediately knew that this was something I wanted to pursue.”
Zach began work as an undergraduate research assistant and continued in that role for two years until being accepted into the Communication Masters program. From there, Zach began to work more closely with Dr. Frank and even started to conduct his own research as he further explored his research interests. “Dr. Frank helped me to discover which aspects of nonverbal communication were most interesting to me and I realized that the nuance of how the human face communicates information was the most interesting facet of nonverbal communication to me.” Of his decision to choose UB yet again for his PhD, Zach says, “UB has become my home and the high-quality faculty, combined with a down-to-earth approach, made my decision an easy one.”
Since being accepted as a PhD student, Zach has begun to create a track of research that focuses on introducing novel paradigms for understanding the role facial expressions play in interpersonal exchanges and deceptive contexts.
In addition to his studies and research, Zach also serves as Treasurer for the Communication Graduate Student Association and is quite active in the local community. Zach has presented at multiple conferences including SPSP Nonverbal Pre-conferences and the National Communication Association Conferences.