Collegiate Affiliation

Dr. Koerner's research interests focus on family communication and on the cognitive bases of relationships and their influence on interpersonal communication, including message production and message interpretation. Specifically, he is investigating basic relational schemas and the psychological and social rules of their implementation. He is also researching in the areas of persuasion and interpersonal influence.

His research on interpersonal and family communication has appeared in such journals as Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Human Communication Research, The Journal of Family Communication, and the Journal of Personal and Social Relationships.

Dr. Koerner teaches graduate courses in interpersonal communication, persuasion, social cognition, and communication theory.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, 1998


  • Cognitive processes in interpersonal communication
  • Marital and family communication
  • Persuasion