Associate Professor


  • Find Me On:

  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
    • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Concentration:

    • Relating &
    • Organizing
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. - Communication, University of Washington (2014) M.A. - Communication, University of Washington (2011) B.A. - Communication and Spanish, Whitworth University (2008)
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I am an Associate Professor in the Relating and Organizing Area with specific interests in interpersonal communication and health. I am also an affiliate faculty member in the Colorado School of Public Health. I teach classes in Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management and Communication, and Communication Theory, among others. I also teach the department's study abroad course in Murcia, Spain! My research interests include how the relationships we have with friends and family affect our health and well-being at multiple levels. I am particularly interested in the communication of social support and how that affects the physiological stress of interactants. Currently, I am working on several research projects around the topics of social support, caregiving, conflict management, and health. My work has been published in journals such as Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, and Qualitative Health Research.

When I'm not busy teaching or doing research, I usually hanging out with my husband and our two golden retrievers or traveling somewhere fun with friends and family.


A complete list of my publications along with full texts for most of my articles is available via my Google Scholar Profile.