||Dr. Marisa G Franco (she/her/hers) is a former professor and a psychologist who has studied connection internationally. She is currently writing a book on how to make friends as an adult, Platonic. She writes about connection for Psychology Today and has been a featured expert for major publications like The New York Times, The Telegraph, and Bustle. She is passionate about sharing research with people who can use it the most, and she has done so through multiple speaking engagements at universities, private companies, and within the U.S. government.