Research Interests

I am an interpersonal communication scholar whose specialty is family communication. I examine the intersection of family of origin experiences, mental health (i.e., anxiety, depression, negative affectivity, and stress), communication processes (i.e., conflict resolution strategies, coping, family cohesion and adaptability, and social skills), and relationship quality (i.e., commitment, dedication, divorce proneness, and satisfaction) among young-adult and adult family relationships (i.e., marital dyads, parent-child dyads and triads).

Additionally, I research the relationships among leadership, women, and empowerment. Specifically, I examine the factors that influence the engagement in and effectiveness of women's leadership and empowerment. This research is informed by the Adaptive Leadership framework and is primarily tied to the Kansas Women's Leadership Institute.