Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University in 2015. Elizabeth's research examines how family relationships evolve over time. Her current projects focus on changes in perceptions of family member marginalization over the life course, difficult family conversations, overparenting during the transition to college, women's empowerment at work and at home, and women's experiences in "traditionally male" career fields. 




Dr. Kristina M. Scharp

Kristina M. Scharp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D in Family, Interpersonal, and Health Communication from The University of Iowa in 2014. Kristina researches difficult family transitions and the ways people cope with the disruptions to their lives. Her current projects focus on parent-child estrangement, LGBTQ adolescents who are distanced from their parents, parental alienation, and difficult health diagnoses.