Dr. Brittan Barker

Brittan A. Barker, Ph.D. is an assistant professor with the division of Audiology in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. Dr. Barker has worked with children using cochlear implants for nearly 20 years and specializes in aural rehabilitation. Her multilayer research program is housed within her Spoken Language Processing lab where researchers works to better understand how people of all ages learn through listening. Specifically, Dr. Barker wants to understand how people can successfully learn about their world even in situations when listening may be especially challenging (e.g., when listening to a teacher with a foreign accent or listening through a cochlear implant (CI) device). It is her goal to use the knowledge she gains from her research program to help establish listening programs for people with hearing loss and empower them to be effective communicators throughout their lives. Dr. Barker is currently collaborating with Dr. Scharp and exploring the stories hearing parents tell their deaf children about their decision to (or not) to opt for cochlear implantation during infancy.


Dr. Sara Branch

Sara E. Branch (Ph.D., Purdue University), is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her research focuses on how individual differences influence the perception and interpretation of interpersonal interactions.


Dr. Patricia Gettings

Patricia Gettings’ (Assistant Professor, Indiana University Southeast; Ph.D., Purdue University) program of research explores the ways in which individuals’ organizational lives and personal relationships (e.g., spouses) influence one another, and how individuals communicatively negotiate these overlapping spaces. Dr. Gettings employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in her work.


Dr. Megan Kenny Feister

Megan Kenny Feister is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication at California State University Channel Islands. She previously held a postdoctoral research position working on her grant funded research in Engineering Projects in Community Service at Purdue University. She is a recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation dissertation grant and co-wrote a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation and postdoctoral work in Organizational Communication at Purdue. Her primary research interests include collaboration and innovation; negotiations of expertise in team-based organizational work; team processes and decision-making; ethical reasoning, constitution, and processes; engineering design; technology and its impacts on organizational and personal life; and network analysis. She received her M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Cincinnati and her B.A. in Communication and English from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Jenna McNallie

Jenna McNallie (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Film, and New Media at Augsburg College in Minnesota.  Her research is situated at the intersections of interpersonal and mass communication, and focuses on the role of media in the formation of relationship beliefs and expectations.


Dr. Lindsey Thomas

Lindsey Thomas (Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound; PhD 2015, University of Iowa) is an interpersonal communication scholar whose program of research employs a variety of data collection and analysis methods to explore the intersections of families, health, and culture. Most recently, Dr. Thomas has been exploring the ways in which young adults who formerly resided in foster care make sense of their experiences and how experiences and sensemaking processes might connect with wellbeing outcomes.


Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen

Stephanie Tikkanen is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio University. She received her MA (2010) and PhD (2013) from University of California—Santa Barbara. Her research program focuses on the growing role of new media (e.g., social networking sites, mobile phones) in interpersonal relationships. Specifically, she takes a theoretical approach to understanding the way in which channel and structural features interact with individual and relational motivations to affect interpersonal processes across relational types, particularly in the realms of disclosure and social support.


Dr. Tiffany R. Wang

Tiffany R. Wang is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Montevallo. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from Texas Christian University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She explores communication surrounding college transition within instructional and family contexts.

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