Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • 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 Assistant Professor in the Relating and Organizing Area with specific interests in interpersonal communication and health. I teach classes in Interpersonal Communication Skills, Conflict Management and Communication, and Communication Theory, among others. 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, tough love, 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. My dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from both the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association in 2015.

Though I spent the last three years as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, I'm originally from Idaho. I'm excited to be at CSU because of its wonderful, collaborative environment and its proximity to the mountains. 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.


Full text for most articles available at:

Faw, M. H. (Accepted, In Press). Supporting the Supporter: Social Support, Stress, and Well-being among Caregivers of Children with Severe Disabilities. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Kim, H., Faw, M. H., Michaelides, A. (2017). Mobile but Connected: Harnessing the power of self-efficacy and social support for weight loss success through smartphone use. Journal of Health Communication, 5, 395-402. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1296510

Harvey, J. & Faw, M. H. (2016). A Relational Turbulence Model perspective on communication in intimate relationships post-HPV testing. Health Communication, 31, 688-694. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.990080

Faw, M. H., & Leustek, J. (2015). Sharing the Load: An Exploratory Analysis of the Challenges Experienced by Parents of Children with Disabilities. The Southern Communication Journal, 80, 404-415. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2015.1081978

Harvey, J., & Faw, M. H. (2015). The Provider Expressions of Verbal Person-Centeredness (PE-VPC) Scale: Development and Initial Validation. Communication Reports, 29, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/08934215.2015.1111918

Faw, M. H. (2014). Young adults’ strategies for managing social support during weight loss attempts. Qualitative Health Research, 24, 267-278. doi: 10.1177/1049732313520079

Crowley, J. P., & Faw, M. H. (2014). Support marshaling for romantic relationships: Empirical validation of a support marshaling typology. Personal Relationships, 21, 242-257. doi: 10.1111/pere.12029

Parks, M. R., Faw, M., & Goldsmith, D. (2011). Undergraduate instruction in empirical research methods in communication: Assessment and recommendations. Communication Education, 60, 406-421. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2011.562909