Graduate Alumni Profiles - 2001-2005


René Dailey

Associate Professor, University of Texas-Austin

Dr. René Dailey is interested in communication in families and dating relationships. Regarding family communication, her research focuses on how acceptance and challenge from parents and siblings are related to children's psychosocial adjustment (e.g., self-esteem, identity), communication patterns (e.g., openness), and more recently, weight management. Regarding dating relationships, she is currently investigating communication in on-again/off-again relationships and how communication in these relationships differs from other dating relationships. Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. She also co-edited a book with Dr. Beth Le Poire entitled Applied Interpersonal Communication Matters: Family, Health, and Community Relations. Dr. Dailey teaches courses in personal relationships and nonverbal communication.

Nicholas A. Palomares

Associate Professor, UC Davis 

Dr. Palomares' research emphasizes message production and processing in two primary areas of communication in social interaction: language use and conversational behavior. His conversational-behavior research examines the goals individuals pursue in their interactions with others and the factors associated with goal pursuit. Specifically, he seeks to understand how individuals detect others' goals and what consequences individuals' inferences of others' goals have on both goal detectors and goal pursuers. His research on goal detection highlights the cognitive mechanisms that influence the accuracy of goal inferences. His language-use research focuses on the cognitive structures and processes responsible for producing gender-based language differences and similarities (e.g., emotional language, tentative language, etc.) between men and women in face-to-face and mediated social interactions, as well as the consequences that emerge from such language. For more information, see

Jennifer Waldeck

Associate Professor, Chapman University-Orange, CA

Jennifer Waldeck specializes in instructional and organizational communication research, with an emphasis on the effective use of new and emerging technologies for learning purposes. Her research has appeared in such journals as Communication Monographs, Communication Education, The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Research Reports, and The Journal of Business Communication. She has contributed to several edited volumes including Communication Yearbook, New Directions in Group Communication, and the Handbook of Instructional Communication. She has earned "Top Three" Paper designations at the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and Eastern Communication Association. She has authored several instructional manuals and texts and recently coauthored a textbook entitled Business and Professional Communication in the Digital Age, to be published by Wadsworth Cengage in 2012.


Carrie Cropley Hutchinson

Assistant Professor, Santa Barbara City college

Carrie Cropley Hutchinson is a tenured Assistant Professor and the Course Director for Interpersonal Communication, Mediated Interpersonal Communication, Business/Professional Communication, and Mediated Business Communication. She obtained her M.A. from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication, and her Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication. Dr. Hutchinson enjoys traveling, and especially leading students on study abroad programs. Recent destinations through SBCC include Australia, India, and Rwanda.  Dr. Hutchinson has published two textbooks in her areas of expertise and enjoys writing about human communication for both business and pleasure.

Keren Eyal

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Center Hertzliya, Israel

Dr. Keren Eyal received her PhD in communication from the University of California, Her specializations are media content and effects, with a focus on the media's role in youth socialization.

Jennifer Molloy

Carolyn Shepard (Baham)

Program Director, Innovative Learning, LLC, College of Applied Human Services


Jessica R. Abrams

Associate Professor, California State University Long Beach

Jessica studies intergroup communication. She is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between communication and identity and how mass media shape perceptions of minority groups. She is currently developing a series of investigations that examine the social psychological processes and effects of disparaging intergroup jokes. Dr. Abrams has published articles in a variety of communication journals.

Ashley Duggan

Associate Professor, Boston College

Dr. Duggan's main research interests include nonverbal, relational, and health communication. She is currently working on projects examining interpersonal control tactics in romantic couples including one depressed individual, emotional experience and expression in provider-patient contexts, nonverbal communication behaviors in conversations about physical and mental health, and family communication surrounding illness.

Christopher Hajek

Associate Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio

Dr. Christopher Hajek's research is grounded in intergroup communication, with foci at the intersections of health, aging, and social stigma. His work has also explored relationships between group identity and police/community interaction outcomes. His teaching interests in intergroup and intercultural communication developed during his work as an intern for CNN and The Associated Press in Rome, and his Peace Corps experience in Rwanda preceding that country's genocide. His teaching has also been influenced by his experience as a trained mediator in community-based alternative dispute resolution.

Robert McCann

Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Robert M. (Bob) McCann (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  At UCLA Anderson, Bob creates, directs, and teaches management communication and leadership classes across virtually all of UCLA Anderson's MBA degree programs.  Dr. McCann is also the President of The McCann Group, Incorporated, a consulting firm that specializes in the training of executives and professionals in persuasion, leadership, workplace diversity, and all aspects of the strategic use of communication in business settings. 

Dr. McCann's primary areas of research include strategic communication, persuasion, workplace ageism, intergroup communication, and intercultural communication.  In these domains, he has been published in several major refereed communication journals and has won numerous research awards. Bob also serves on the executive editorial board of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. His latest book is entitled Ageism at Work: The Role of Communication in a Changing Workplace. The book is available in three languages (Spanish, Catalan, and English).

Hee Sun Park

Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Dr. Park's teaching topics include Organizational Communication and Research Methods and Statistics at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her recent research focuses on multilevel analyses of group and organizational communication and cross-cultural communication in various contexts. Specifically, she is interested in examining the processes of how people build shared understanding through communication.

Bryant Paul

Associate Professor of Media Science, The Media School, Indiana University. 

Bryant Paul joined IU's Department of Telecommunications in 2003 (B.S., New York University; M.A., University of Miami (FL), Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara). Research and teaching interests include the nature and effects of sexual messages in the media, media and sexual socialization, evolutionary psychological explanations for media effects, and First Amendment law and policy.  Recent research has focused primarily on the nature and effects of online sexually explicit material. Aims to undertake empirical research that is intellectually interesting, but which also has practical applications in the non-academic world.  Has undertaken research that has been cited by the US Supreme Court in decisions related to the regulation of adult businesses, worked with multiple companies in product and message development, and served as a Co-producer of the Netflix Emmy-nominated documentary Hot Girls Wanted.

Paul Wadleigh

Lecturer, Washington State University

International advertising and media; social identity; intergroup, intergenerational, and intercultural communication. 


Dawna Ballard

Associate Professor, University of Texas-Austin

Dr. Dawna Ballard is interested in how our working lives shape our experience of time in multiple ways, both personally and professionally.  As examples, she has studied the relationship between working time (including fast-paced work environments, multi-tasking, long-term planning, and time-management issues) and related outcomes (including job satisfaction, relational quality, communication in meetings, and information overload).  Her interests are reflected in two related lines of research: one focused on differences in time across varied occupational groups, the other centered on the role of technology in shaping the pace and timing of our work.   Most recently, she has studied the way that members of different occupational groups manage multiple aspects of time in their day-to-day and long-term activities.  Her latest project on this issue examines time in the athletic career.  Additionally, she is interested in issues of time and space associated with new communication technologies and related work practices (such as virtual teams and bloggers) and recently completed a study on early adopters of

Karen Erlandson

Department Chair, Professor, Communication Studies, Albion College

Karen Erlandson is a Department Chair and Full Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Albion College in Michigan.  She was appointed here in 2002 just after graduation from UCSB with her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication.

Jennifer Hallett

Chair and Associate Professor, and Faculty Athletics Representative, Young Harris College, Georgia

Dr. Hallett's teaching interests focus on intergroup and interpersonal communication topics including: language and social interaction; gender, family, nonverbal, intercultural, deception, relational, social dominance and conflict management. Her research agenda has been guided primarily by intergroup issues including gender and (mis)communication as well as language and intergroup communication.

Margaret Prescott

Jiro Takai

Professor, Nagoya University, Japan

Lara Zwarun

Associate Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Dr. Zwarun's scholarly interests are in persuasion, particularly in how the media are used to convey messages about risky behaviors. Her research has analyzed how alcohol advertising is processed by viewers, if the tobacco and junk food industries adhere to self-regulatory guidelines for their marketing, and how substance use is portrayed in celebrity gossip via Twitter. She is also interested in the use of media literacy as a health prevention strategy, and how multitasking affects narrative persuasion. She enjoys teaching mass communication and research methods classes.


Valerie Barker

Lecturer; Chair - Digital and Social Media Research Task Force; San Diego State University

Her most recent research focuses on the social identity processes associated with social networking sites. In this context she has investigated the role of gender, culture, and age. Dr. Barker's current research involves intergroup surveillance and contact via social media (i.e., lurking on Facebook). Other research strings focus on two broad areas of intergroup communication: the role of language in social identity, and intergenerational communication from an intergroup perspective.

Kirstie (Cope) Farrar

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Connecticut

Kirstie M. Farrar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. She also holds a research affiliation with UConn’s Center for Health Intervention and Prevention. Her research interests include the effects of the mass media on individuals, particularly concerning violent video games and aggression. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, Media Psychology, Mass Communication & Society, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.

Hiroshi Ota

Professor, Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan

Intergenerational Communication across cultures, Communication and motivations for second/ foreign language acquisition, communication and physical appearances, Intergenerational communication, intergroup/intercultural communication, Beliefs about intra-and intergenerational communication in Japan, the Philippines, and the United States: Implication for older adults subjective well-being.