Andy Merolla

Associate Professor
Interpersonal Communication

Office Location

SSMS 4415


Interpersonal Communication, Relational Maintenance, and Conflict Management


Andy Merolla studies the link between interpersonal communication and well-being. Andy’s research examines topics such as conflict management, interpersonal forgiveness, relational maintenance, and individuals’ experiences following natural disasters. Some of his recent research explores the role of communication in constructing hope and the important role that hope plays in managing difficult situations. Using approaches such as experience sampling, his current research is also analyzing the interrelationships between communication, emotion, and cognition in everyday interaction within social networks, or "social biomes."

Andy’s research can be found in journals, such as Communication Monographs, Communication ResearchCommunication Theory, Human Communication ResearchJournal of Applied Communication Research, and Personal Relationships. He has also been quoted in articles appearing in various media outlets, such as the Wall Street JournalFiveThirtyEight, and The Atlantic. Currently, Andy is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

At UCSB, Andy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication theory, conflict management, interpersonal communication, and nonverbal communication.


Recent Articles:

Hall, J. A., & Merolla, A. J. (in press). Connecting everyday talk and time alone to global well-being. Human Communication Research.

Kam, J., Merolla, A. J., & High, A. C. (in press). Latinx immigrant youth’s indirect and direct family-undocumented status disclosures in relation to received supportive communication and depressive symptoms. Communication Research.

Merolla, A. J., Hall, J. A., & Bernhold, Q. (2019). Perseverative cognition, distracted communication, and well-being in everyday social interaction. Personal Relationships, 26, 507-528.

Merolla, A. J., & Harman, J. L. (2018). Relationship-specific hope and constructive conflict management in adult romantic relationships: Testing an accommodation framework. Communication Research, 45, 339-364.

Bernhold, Q., Dunbar, N. E., Merolla, A. J., & Giles, H. (2018). Relational change following hurtful conflict: An extension of identity implications theory. Human Communication Research44, 127-154.

Merolla, A. J., & Kam, J. A. (2018). Parental hope communication and parent-adolescent constructive conflict management: A multilevel longitudinal analysis. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 32-50.

Sun, S., Merolla, A. J., & Seo, M. (2018). Public and personal responses to environmental pollution in China: Differential susceptibility, direct experience, and media use. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1501-1522.

Kam, J. A., & Merolla, A. J. (2018). Hope communication as a predictor of documented and undocumented Latino/a students’ college intentions across an academic year. Communication Monographs85, 399-422. 

Merolla, A. J. (2017). A longitudinal analysis of financial loss, anxiety, destructive conflict, and relational maintenance. Personal Relationships, 24, 729-747.

Merolla, A. J., Zhang, S., McCullough, J. L., & Sun, S. (2017). How do you like your forgiveness? Communication style preferences and effects. Communication Studies, 68, 568-587.

Kam, J. A., Marcoulides, K., & Merolla, A. J. (2017). Using an acculturation-stress-resilience framework to explore latent profiles of Latina/o early adolescent language brokers. Journal of Research on Adolescence27, 842-861.

Merolla, A. J., Beck, G., & Jones, A. (2017). Memorable messages as sources of hope. Communication Quarterly, 65, 456-480.

Merolla, A. J. (2017). Further testing hope’s role in constructive conflict communication. Communication Quarterly, 65, 481-501.