Susanne M Jones

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Communication Studies
278 Ford Hall

224 Church St SE

I research supportive communication. I am particularly interested in exploring those messages and nonverbal behaviors that support providers can use throughout supportive conversations to help distraught people cope more effectively with upsetting emotions. My work is experimental in nature. I ask people to come to our labs and engage in talk that I record and analyze using quantitative methods and coding procedures. For a complete list of publications, please visit my website.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph. D.: Communication Studies, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2000.
  • M. A.: Speech Communication, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1996.
  • Bachelor of Science: Communication Studies, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 1994.

Curriculum Vitae


  • social support and comforting in interpersonal relationships
  • coping and emotion regulation in interpersonal relationships
  • the effect of mindfulness and other cognitive-affective processes on emotion regulation and interpersonal communication
  • nonverbal communication
Courses Taught
  • Prosocial Communication and Social Support (graduate seminar)
  • Communication and Emotion (graduate seminar)
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication (graduate & undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Communicating Happiness
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Quantitative Methods in Interpersonal Communication
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Mindfulness: 2016 - ongoing
  • Editorial Board Member: Communication Research, Communication Monographs:
  • Member; Fulbright and DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst; German Academic Exchange Service) Screening Committee, University of Minnesota.: Fall 2007, Fall 2008


  • Supportive Couples: We are currenlty analyzing data from 200 couples, 2017 - ongoing
  • Supportive Conversations Project: We are currently analyzing the temporal patterns of more than 500 supportive conversations with a coding system we have been developing over the past two years., 2017 - ongoing
  • Jones, S. M., Bodie, G. D., & Hughes, S. (2016, February). The impact of mindfulness on empathy, active listening, and perceived provisions of emotional support. Communication Research,
  • Jones, S. M., & Hansen, W. D. (2014). The impact of mindfulness on supportive communication: Three exploratory studies. Mindfulness, 6, 1115-1128.
  • Bodie, G., Jones, S. M., & Vickery, A., Hatcher, L., & Cannava, K. (2014). Examining the construct validity of enacted support: A multitrait-multimethod analysis of four perspectives for judging immediacy and listening behaviors. Communication Monographs, 79, 1-22.
  • Bodie, G., Burleson, B. R., & Jones, S. M. (2012). The relationship between the perceived and actual effectiveness of supportive messages: A dual-process framework. Communication Monographs, 79, 1-22, (Lead Article)
  • Hawkins Professorship, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2015
  • Faculty Imagine Fund Recipient ($15,000 total), 2011, 2014, 2016
  • Ten Top Paper Awards, International (ICA) and National Communication Associations (NCA), 2004-2015