Research Interests

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

Additionally, I research the associations among leadership, women, and empowerment. Specifically, I examine some of the factors (e.g., empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, self-efficacy, perspective taking) that influence the engagement in and effectiveness of women's leadership and women's capacity to thrive in their personal relationships and the systems and communities they belong to. This research is informed by the Adaptive Leadership framework and is primarily tied to the Kansas Women's Leadership Institute.