My Research

My research focuses on individuals in interpersonal relationships. I am especially interested in how people (consciously and unconsciously) communicate identities involving "taken-for-granted" societal forces (e.g., sex, gender, relational communication). My goal, with each research program, is to disseminate findings beyond solely academic outlets. Therefore, I strive to apply my research to community organizations, health practitioners, and classroom settings. In my work, I operate on the assumption that individuals shape society; by looking at people one-on-one, I seek to enable social change, even if "only" in minds of individuals in classrooms and communities.

My current programs of research all focus on relational communication (e.g., relational uncertainty, power, conflict, love, and sex occurring in violent & nonviolent relationships) as influenced by societal identities (e.g., gender, family roles, stigma, health norms).


Currently Collecting Data Online...

Abusive Relational Technology Study

You don’t need to have experienced any personal abuse to participate in this study, as we’re interested in everyone’s experiences. If you're 18 years of age or older, please consider taking an approximately 10-15 minute anonymous survey located HERE. Study approved by WCSU Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research (#1415-155 expir. April, 2017).

Love Language Measurement Study

If you are a man or woman who has ever been in a romantic relationship, you are eligible to participate in a survey about your love-communication preferences. We're looking to see how people actually communicate love in romantic relationships. To participate, you must (1) have been in a romantic relationship at some point in your life, and (2) currently be 18 years of age or older. If you meet these criteria, please consider taking an approximately 15-20 minute anonymous survey located HERE. Study approved by WCSU Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research (#1516-06 expir. April, 2017).


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