Collegiate Affiliation

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
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Educational Background

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


  • Nonverbal communication
  • The effect of mindfulness and other cognitive-affective processes on emotion regulation and interpersonal communication
  • Social support and comforting in interpersonal relationships
  • Coping and emotion regulation in interpersonal relationships