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 focuses on difficult conversations and how relationships evolve over time, especially in families and other intimate relationships. 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. Elizabeth’s writing is published widely in Communication and Social Psychology journals and in public-facing outlets such as Psychology Today. Elizabeth was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study communication in multigenerational families in Slovenia and the Early Career Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. 




Dr. Kristina M. Scharp

Kristina M. Scharp is an Associate 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 relationship 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, and difficult health diagnoses. Kristina's work has been published within and outside of Communication Studies including outlets such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, the Journal of Communication, Family Relations, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Featured frequently in the popular press (e.g., NPR, NYT, Washington Post), Kristina was recently awarded the Early Career Scholar Award from the International Communication Association and the Distinguished Article Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.