Interpersonal Communication and Relationships

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    Shelly Campo

    Associate Professor

    Shelly’s areas of expertise include health campaigns, risk communication, and persuasion. She has worked on a range of health topics focusing on how to adopt new, or reinforce existing health attitudes and behaviors using innovative, theory- and data-driven communication research. She has developed and/or evaluated numerous health campaigns for different audiences (e.g., college students, young adults, rural populations, and minority populations) on a range of topics, such as binge drinking prevention, unintended pregnancy prevention, occasional smoking prevention, colorectal cancer screening, smoking cessation, and hazing. She teaches graduate courses in health communication, health campaigns, and persuasion and health.

    She is an associate professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health as well as the Department of Communication Studies. She is also the director of the Center for Health Communication and Social Marketing.

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    Steve Duck

    Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair; Department Chair, Rhetoric

    Steve Duck's work centers on communication in relationship development and disintegration, and focuses particularly on everyday communication in the context of personal relationships, especially variation in experience and communication during the day. He has edited or written 50 books and was founder and first editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. His work generally seeks to relate the rhetoric of everyday talk to interpersonal relationship processes. He won the University of Iowa's first Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award in 2001. In 2004 he won the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award from NCA, which "recognizes NCA members who have demonstrated dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness." In 2010 he was awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Helen Nelson Kechriotis Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award and was also appointed National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar.

    His most recent books are written with David T McMahan: Communication in Everyday Life, Third Edition, SAG 2017:  and Communication in Everyday Life: The Basic Course Edition With Public Speaking, Second Edition, SAG 2017:

    He is a former CLAS Dean's Administrative Fellow and is now serving as Chair of the Department of Rhetoric.


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    Andrew High

    Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

    Dr. Andrew High earned a Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University and joined the faculty at The University of Iowa in August 2012. His research interests include interpersonal communication and computer-mediated communication. Specifically, he is developing two complementary lines of scholarship focusing on social support and mediated interpersonal interaction. His research on social support centers on understanding the qualities that influence people’s perceptions of providing and receiving different styles of supportive messages. These projects seek to clarify the interplay of personal, contextual, and relational qualities on people's experiences in comforting interactions. Dr. High's program of study related to computer-mediated communication focuses on how online channels improve, worsen, or otherwise alter the processes of interpersonal communication. He has conducted research on both problematic Internet use and the ways in which mediated channels provide communicators with interpersonal benefits.

    These two lines of study are unified by his interests in investigating people’s experiences of providing or receiving different styles of supportive messages in either face-to-face or online interactions. The goal of this research is to understand when and how people benefit by seeking and receiving socially supportive messages online. He employs several research methodologies, including survey studies, experimental projects, structural equation modeling, and meta-analysis, to address his research questions. Dr. High also teaches classes on research methods and computer-mediated communication.

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    Rachel McLaren

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Rachel McLaren studies interpersonal communication, social cognition, and hurtful messages. Her research seeks to clarify the interplay of communication, cognition, and emotion in response to significant experiences, such as hurtful interactions, within personal relationships. She also examines how relationship and situational characteristics influence people’s ability to process relational messages. Her recent work focuses on how relational turbulence influences a couple’s ability to coordinate relational inferences about past hurtful events. Her other interests include examining how interactions within close relationships affect people’s global conceptions of the relationship and, in turn, how those conceptions influence their experiences of particular communication events. Dr. McLaren teaches courses on the dark side of communication and relationships as well as communication and conflict.

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    Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Sylvia L. Mikucki-Enyart studies interpersonal and family communication. Broadly, her work examines how relational partners and families communicate during times of transition—both normative (e.g., transition to in-law bonds) and non-normative (e.g., late-life parental divorce and stepfamily formation). More specifically, Dr. Mikucki-Enyart’s work examines how experiences of relational uncertainty influence interaction goals (one’s own and perceptions of others), which in turn shape message production and message processing as well as relational perceptions. Her current research examines (a) uncertainty/information management, including message features that are associated with successful uncertainty management and positive relational outcomes, and (b) the “bright” side of family bonds during periods of upheaval.