Leanne K. Knobloch
2022-2024 Lab Fellow
Leanne K. Knobloch (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research examines how people communicate during times of transition, with a particular focus on the communication of military families across deployment cycle. Her scholarship has been honored by the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award from the National Communication Association, the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, and the Biennial Article Award from the International Association for Relationship Research. She is a fellow of the International Communication Association and the International Association of Relationship Research.
2022-2024 Lab Fellow
René Dailey (Ph. D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005) is interested in communication in families and dating relationships. Regarding family communication, her research focuses on how family members help or hinder weight management. Much of her work has focused on romantic partner support of weight loss. Regarding dating relationships, she investigates “on-again/off-again” relationships and how communication and relational quality in these cyclical relationships differs from other dating relationships. She has recently authored a book summarizing the research on these relationships: On-again, Off-again Relationships: Navigating (In)Stability in Romantic Relationships (Cambridge). Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Dr. Dailey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in personal relationships and nonverbal communication.
2022-2024 Lab Fellow
Lucy Blake is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UWE) in the UK. She is a developmental psychologist who has conducted research on family relationships for the past 15 years. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral research at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge.
Lucy’s research has explored estrangement and the ways in which a negative, distant or inactive relationship with a family member affects people’s lives. In 2015 she published a report exploring the experiences of approximately 800 people who identified as being estranged from a family member. Respondents were members of the Stand Alone community, a UK-based charity which aims to support those experiencing family estrangement. The report reached an audience of 9 million readers and the research findings were used by Stand Alone to influence change in the way that Student Finance England evidences estrangement in the UK.
Lucy also enjoys teaching on family estrangement, which is a topic that is rarely covered at Higher Education Institutes in the UK. In 2014 she gave her first lecture on this topic at the University of Cambridge. This content has been popular with students, eliciting an invitation to return as a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge for the past seven years.
As well as researching estrangement, Lucy’s work has examined family functioning in new and non-traditional families, such as those created through the use of assisted reproductive technologies. This body of work has resulted in the publication of 23 articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited books. Lucy has also studied family functioning in families in which a child has a chronic health condition or additional need. In addition to articles in academic journals, this work has contributed to the development of information sheets, booklets, apps and cartoons that help parents and children to navigate hospital procedures and disclose medical diagnoses to friends, teachers and employers.
In 2022 Lucy is excited to be publishing a book for a general audience: “No family is perfect. A guide to living with the messy reality”. She hopes that the work that she does will have a positive impact on the kinds of conversations that we have about family. There is a lot to gain from moving beyond assumptions and studying families as they actually are, rather than how they could be or should be.
To connect with Lucy, you can follow her on twitter and Instagram @lb377.