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Personal profile

I am a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. I joined the department in 2002 after earning my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Research Interests

interpersonal communication
health communication

Professional Information

I study how people communicate within close relationships. More specifically, I examine how people's communication both shapes and reflects the ways they think about their relationships. I have focused on times of transition because individuals are more aware of their relationships when those relationships are in flux.

My most recent work focuses on (a) how military families communicate after being reunited following deployment, and (b) how romantic couples communicate following a depression diagnosis. Both lines of research provide important insights into how to help people have more satisfying relationships.

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2001
B.A., St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, 1996
M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1998

Honors & Awards

Fellow, International Communication Association (2020)

Fellow, International Association for Relationship Research (2020)

Charles H. Woolbert Research Award, National Communication Association (2018)

Alumni Award, Distinguished Achievement in Social Sciences, St. Norbert College (2016)

University Scholar Award, University of Illinois (2015)

Centennial Scholar Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois (2013)

Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association (2012)

Article Award, International Association for Relationship Research (2012)

Franklin H. Knower Article Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (2011)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois (2009)

Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement, International Association for Relationship Research (2008)

Early Career Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (2008)

Distinguished Article Award, Communication and Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association (2007)

Dissertation Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (2002)

Teaching

CMN 230: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
CMN 231: Communication and Conflict
CMN 437: Communication in Personal Relationships
CMN 529: Communication and Relationship Development
CMN 529: Measurement in Communication Research
CMN 529: Uncertainty in Relationships

Office Address

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

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