Director of Human Communication Research for the Center for the Management of Information
- Ph.D., West Virginia University
A past chair of NCA's Publications Board and past Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division, she has served as Editor of Communication Monographs and has been a member of the editorial board of eleven different journals in communication, psychology, and close relationships. Among her research-related honors are NCA's Golden Anniversary Monographs Award, the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award for Scholarship of Lasting Impact, election as a fellow of the International Communication Association, and election into the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. She is the recipient of ICA's B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award, the University of Arizona's Excellence-in-Teaching Award in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Michigan State University's Teacher-Scholar Award, and Central States Communication Association's Young Teacher Award.
In 1999, she was awarded the National Communication Association's Distinguished Scholar Award, its highest award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement. In 2005, she delivered the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture to the NCA. In 2006, she was awarded the Steven Chaffee Career Productivity Award. A recent published survey identified her as the most prolific female scholar in the field of communication in the twentieth century.