Ascan F Koerner

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

Educational Background

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • cognitive processes in interpersonal communication
  • marital and family communication
  • persuasion
Courses Taught
  • COMM 5431 - The Process of Persuasion
  • COMM 8402 - Seminar: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 5402 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 5401 - Advanced Theories of Communication
  • COMM 3402 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 4471 - Communication in Marriage and Family
  • COMM 4407 - Communication and Conflict
  • COMM 8110 - Seminar: Strategic Communication
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board: Journal of Family Communication , since 2011
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships , since 2006
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Applied Communication Research , since 2013
  • Editorial Board: Communication Research , since 2010
  • Chair Interpersonal Communication Division: International Communication Association , 2014 - 2016
  • Krcmar, M., Ewoldsen, D. R., Koerner, A. (2016). Communication science: Theory and research. New York: Routledge.
  • Jones, S. M., Bodie, G. D. and Koerner, A. F. (2016), Connections between family communication patterns, person-centered message evaluations, and emotion regulation strategies. Human Communication Research. doi:10.1111/hcre.12103
  • Anderson, K.N. Connor, J.J. Koerner, A.F., & Rueter, M.A. (2016). Twins conceived using IVF: a follow-up of the family environment and psychosocial adjustment in adolescence. Human Reproduction. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dew261
  • Rueter, M., Connor, J., Pasch, L., Anderson, K., Scheib, J., Koerner, A., & Damario, M. (2015). Sharing information with children conceived using in vitro fertilization: The effect of parents’ privacy orientation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34, 90-102.
  • Koerner, A.F. (2014). Family communication. In C. Berger, (Ed.). Handbooks of Communication Science (vol. 6): Interpersonal Communication (pp. 419-441). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter
  • Koerner, A. F., & Schrodt, P. (2014). An Introduction to the Special Issue on Family Communication Patterns Theory. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 1-15.
  • Anderson, K. N., Koh, B. D., Connor, J. J., Koerner, A. F., Damario, M., & Rueter, M. A. (2014). Twins conceived using assisted reproduction: Parent mental health, family relationships, and child adjustment at middle childhood. Human Reproduction, 29(10), 2247-2255.
  • Sillars, A., Holman, A. J., Richards, A., Jacobs, K. A., Koerner, A., & Reynolds-Dyk, A. (2014). Conversation and Conformity Orientations as Predictors of Observed Conflict Tactics in Parent-Adolescent Discussions. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 16-31.
  • Chen, Y. S., Rungtusanatham, M. J., Goldstein Meyer, S., Koerner, A. F. (2013). Theorizing through metaphorical transfer in OM/SCM research: Divorce as a metaphor for strategic buyer-supplier relationship dissolution, Journal of Operations Management, 31, 579–586.
  • Koerner, A.F. (2013). Family conflict communication. In J. Oetzel & S. Ting-Toomey (Eds.) The Sage handbook of conflict communication (2nd ed., pp. 211-235). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M.A. (2012). Communication in intact families. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.) The Routledge handbook of family communication, (2nd ed., pp.129-144). New York: Routledge.
  • Caughlin, J. P., Koerner, A. F., Schrodt, P., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2011). Interpersonal communication in family relationships. In M. L., Knapp & J. A. Daly (Eds), The Sage handbook of interpersonal communication (4th ed., pp. 679-714). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Koerner, A. F., LeRoy, B., & Veach, P. (2010). Family communication patterns. In C. Gaff & C. Bylund (Eds.), Family communication about genetics: Theory and practice (pp. 184-198). Oxford University Press.
  • Sillars, A. L., Smith, T., Koerner, A. F. (2010). Misattributions contributing to empathic (in)accuracy during parent-adolescent conflict discussions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 727-747.
  • Koerner, A. F (2009). The scientific investigation of family communication. in C. Berger, M. Roloff, & D. Roskos-Ewoldsen (Eds.), The handbook of communication science (pp. 471-488). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Koerner, A. F., & Floyd, K. (2009). Evolutionary perspectives on interpersonal relationships. In S. W. Smith & S. R. Wilson (Eds.), New directions in interpersonal communication research (pp. 27-47). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Rueter, M. A., & Koerner, A. F. (2008). The effect of family communication pattern on adopted adolescent adjustment. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 715-727.
  • Koerner, A. F. (2007). Social cognition and family communication: Family communication patterns theory. In D. Roskos-Ewoldsen & J. Monahan (Eds.) Communication and social cognition: Theory and methods (pp.197-216). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Koerner, A. F. (2006). Models of relating – not relationship models: Cognitive representations of relating across interpersonal relationship domains. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 629-653.
  • Family communication patterns theory: A social cognitive approach: Koerner, Ascan, D. O. Braithwaite & L. A. Baxter, Sage, Engaging theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives, 50-65, 2006.
  • Van Lear, A., Koerner, A. F., & Allen, D. (2006). Relationship Typologies. In A.Vangelisti & D. Perlmann, (Eds.) Handbook of personal relationships (pp. 91-111). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sillars, A., Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2005). Communication and understanding in parent-adolescent relationships. Human Communication Research, 31, 103-128.
  • Fitzpatrick, M. A., & Koerner, A. F., (2005). Family communication schemata: Effects on children's resiliency. In Dunwoody, S., Becker, L. B., McLeod, D., & Kosicki, G. (Eds.) >em>The evolution of key mass communication concepts: Honoring Jack M. McLeod (pp. 113-136). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M.A. (2004). Communication in intact families. In A. Vangelisti (Eds.) Handbook of family communication, (pp.177-195). New York: Routledge.
  • You never leave your family in a fight: The impact of families of origins on conflict-behavior in romantic relationships. Koerner, Ascan, M. A. Fitzpatrick, 2002.
  • Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2002). Understanding family communication patterns and family functioning: The roles of conversation orientation and conformity orientation. Communication Yearbook, 26, 37-69.
  • Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (1997). Family type and conflict: The impact of conversation orientation and conformity orientation on conflict in the family. Communication Studies, 48, 59-75.
  • Enriching the inoculation construct: The role of critical components in the process of resistance. Koerner, Ascan, M. Pfau, K.J. Tusing, W. Lee, L.C. Godbold, L.J. Penaloza, Y.S. Yang, & Y. Hong, 1997.
  • Toward a theory of family communication. Koerner, Ascan, M. A. Fitzpatrick, 2002.
  • The influence of conformity orientation on communication patterns in family conversations. Koerner, Ascan, K. E.. Cvancara, 2002.
  • Nonverbal communication and marital adjustment and satisfaction: The role of decoding relationship relevant and relationship irrelevant affect. Koerner, Ascan, M. A. Fitzpatrick, 2002.
  • Nuances in inoculation: The role of inoculation approach, ego-involvement, and message processing disposition in resistance. Koerner, Ascan, M. Pfau, K.J. Tusing, W. Lee, L.C. Godbold, L.J. Penaloza, Y. Hong, & S.V. Yang, 1997.
  • International Communication Association, Interpersonal Communication Division, Top Four Paper Award, May 2003