Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite

2019-2021 Lab Fellow

Dawn O. Braithwaite (PhD University of Minnesota) is a Willa Cather Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a specialist in interpersonal and family communication, with research expertise in interpretive/qualitative methodologies. She studies how people in personal and family relationships interact and negotiate family change and challenges in understudied and changing families, via dialectics of relating, rituals, and negotiating resilience, forgiveness, and managing privacy. She focuses on “non-normative” families, in particular in stepfamilies, among voluntary (fictive) kin, and by family kinkeepers. She has published over 120 manuscripts and five books in eleven editions. Braithwaite received the National Communication's Brommel Award in Family Communication, the NCA Samuel Becker Distinguished Service Award for contributions and scholarship, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Research in Social Sciences and was named the Western States Communication Association Distinguished Scholar. Braithwaite is a Past President of both NCA (2010) and WSCA (2000).

Dr. Jimmie Manning

2019-2021 Fellow

Jimmie Manning (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research focuses on meaning-making in relationships. This research spans multiple contexts to understand how individuals, couples, families, organizations, and other cultural institutions attempt to define, support, control, limit, encourage, or otherwise negotiate relationships. He explores these ideas through three contexts: relational discourses, especially those about sexuality, gender, love, and identity; connections between relationships and efficacy in health and organizational contexts; and digitally mediated communication. His research has been supported by funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Learn & Serve America and has accrued over 60 publications in outlets including Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. He recently coauthored the book Researching Interpersonal Relationships: Qualitative Methods, Studies, and Analysis (Sage Publications) and has a co-edited book,Family Communication as… Metaphors for Family Communication (Wiley), forthcoming.

Dr. Paul Schrodt

2019-2021 Fellow

Dr. Paul Schrodt is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University. His primary research interests include studying the communicative cognitions and behaviors that facilitate family relationships, with a particular interest in the message strategies and behaviors that facilitate stepfamily functioning. Specifically, he has investigated communication behaviors that (a) facilitate healthy and satisfying stepparent-stepchild relationships, (b) help mitigate feelings of triangulation and conflict in family relationships, (c) improve coparenting relationships in stepfamilies, and (d) enhance the mental health and well-being of individual family members. Dr. Schrodt is a lifetime member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), as well as a member of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). He is a former Chair of the Family Communication Division of NCA, a former member of the Publications Board of NCA, and he currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division of NCA. He also is currently serving as Editor-Elect of Communication Monographs. In addition to several Top Paper awards, Dr. Schrodt was awarded the 2012 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication from NCA, the 2011 Early Career Award in Interpersonal Communication from NCA, the inaugural, 2005 Sandra Petronio Dissertation Award from the Family Communication Division of NCA, the 2006 Outstanding New Teacher Award from CSCA, and he is a co-recipient of the 2004 Franklin H. Knower Article Award and the 2017 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the NCA. Along with coauthoring Exploring Communication Theory: Making Sense of Us, the 10th edition of Family Communication: Cohesion and Change, and co-editing the second edition of Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple Perspectives, Dr. Schrodt has published more than 100 book chapters and journal articles in several leading outlets, including Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Personal Relationships, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Communication Education.

Dr. Jeffrey Child

2017-2019 Lab Fellow

Jeffrey T. Child is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University. Jeff earned his Ph.D. degree in Communication from North Dakota State University in 2007. Jeff received his B.A. in 2002 from Wayne State College (WSC) in Northeastern Nebraska. Jeff’s primary research explores how people manage their privacy in relation to social media interactions and the impact of a variety of factors on the subsequent communication practices.  His primary scholarship bridges the interpersonal and mediated contexts of interaction with a special focus on issues related to effective privacy management, disclosure, and privacy repair strategies. Jeff is also the editor elect of the Journal of Family Communication (issues from 2018-2020).  Jeff has over 50 publications in a range of journals and a basic course textbook called Experience Communication (2nd ed., 2018). Jeff has presented over 50 research paper presentations at regional, national, and international conventions related to the advancement of communication scholarship.  He can be reached at jchild@kent.edu 

Dr. Kory Floyd

2017-2019 Lab Fellow

Kory Floyd is a professor of communication at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the communication of affection in close relationships and its effects on stress and physiological functioning. He has written 13 books and over
100 scientific papers and book chapters on the topics of affection, emotion, family communication, nonverbal behavior, and health. He is the immediate past editor of Communication Monographs and former editor of Journal of Family Communication. His work has been recognized with both the Charles H. Woolbert award and the Bernard J. Brommel award from the National Communication Association, as well as the Early Career Achievement award from the International Association for Relationship Research and the B. Aubrey Fisher Award from the Western States Communiction Association. One of his most recent books, The Loneliness Cure, examines the problem of affection deprivation and identifies strategies for increasing affection and intimacy in close relationships. As an educator, he teaches courses on health communication, emotional communication, close relationships, communication theory, and quantitative research methods. A native of Seattle, Professor Floyd received his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, his masters degree from the University of Washington, and his PhD from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Lisa Guntzviller

2017-2019 Lab Fellow

Lisa M. Guntzviller (PhD, Purdue University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines interpersonal communication in health and family contexts. She studies individual and dyadic goals, messages, and conversation outcomes of complex interactions in which identities are challenged and contested. Topically, her work has encompassed two such interactions: language brokering (when bilingual children translate and culturally mediate for a monolingual parent) and advice giving in close relationships. Her research focuses on parent-child relationships, Spanish-speaking families, and discussions of health issues. Both of her research lines aim to identify identity challenges inherent to the communication context, to apply a multiple goals theory perspective to understand communication, and to theorize from a dyadic perspective.

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