Family Communication Division

Interest Group Award

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Jennifer A. Kam, Rachyl L. Pines, and Quinten Bernhold, "Assessing Changes in Language Brokers' Communal Coping Patterns: Testing a Theoretical Model of Communal Coping."
2016 Leanne Knobloch and Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, "Military Children's Difficult with Reintegration after Deployment: A Relational Turbulence Model Perspective" 
2015 Paul Schrodt and Kaitlin E. Phillips, “Self-Disclosure and Relational Uncertainty as Mediators of Family Communication Patterns and Relations Outcomes in Sibling Relationships”
2014 Kimberly Pusateri, David J. Roaché and Jennifer A. Kam, “Grandparents’ and Young-adult Grandchildren’s Identity Gaps and Perceived Caregiving Intentions: An Actor-partner Interdependence Model”
2013 Leslie A. Baxter, Elizabeth A. Suter, Lindsey Thomas, and Leah Seurer,”The Dialogic Construction of Adoption in Online Foster Adoption Narratives”
2012 Meredith Marko Harrigan, Sarah Dieter, Jenna Leinwohl, and Laura Marrin, “’It’s Just Who I Am… I Have Brown Hair. I Have a Mysterious Father’: An Exploration of Donor-conceived Offspring’s Identity Construction”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Alaina M. Veluscek and Karlee A. Posteher, "SPORTS: An Analysis of Sibling and Parents on Recruitment Transition Support"
2016 Veronica Droser, "(re)Conceptualizing Family Communication: Applying Deetz's Conceptual Frameworks within the Field of Family Communication" 
2015 Bobbi Van Gilder and Michael Ault, “The Discursive Construction of ‘Family’ in Plural Marriage Culture: How Centennial Park Residents Challenge Dominant Discourses of the Idealized Nuclear Family”
2014 Joshua Michael Parcha, “The Visible #Family: Using the Hashtag to Observe #Family Construction”
2013 Julia Moore, Jennifer Kienzle, and Elizabeth M. Flood, “A Dialogic Analysis of Marriage Proposals among Cohabitating Couples”

Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Julia Moore, "From Childless by Choice to Mother: Performative and Subversive Negotiations of Face in Relational Communication About (Never) Having Children"
2016 Kelly G. Odenweller, "Communicating to Resolve the 'Mommy Wars': Testing Communicated Stereotypes and the Common Ingroup Identity Model with Stay-at-Home and Working Mothers"
2015 Lindsay Aloia, “Childhood Exposure to Verbal Aggression and Desensitization to Conflict in Young Adulthood,” advised by Denise Solomon, Pennsylvania State University.
2014 Roi Estlein, “Manifestations of Responsiveness and Control in Husbands’ and Wives’ Marital and Parental Communication,” advised by Jennifer Theiss, Rutgers University.
2013 Mary E. Nagy, “The Communicative and Physiological Manifestations of Relational Turbulence During the Empty-Nest Phase of Marital Relationships,” advised by Jennifer Theiss, Rutgers University.
2012 Diana Breshears, “A Dialectical Analysis of Discourses Surrounding Children’s Experience of Parental Disclosures of Homosexuality,” advised by Dawn Braithwaite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Distinguished Book Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Between husbands and wives: Communication in marriage (1998), SAGE. 
2015 Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Joy Goldsmith, Sandra L. Ragan, and Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (2010), Hampton Press.
2014 Vincent R. Waldron and Douglas L. Kelley, Communicating Forgiveness (2008), SAGE.
2013 Lynn H. Turner and Richard L. West, The Family Communication Sourcebook (2006), SAGE.

Distinguished Article Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Erin Sahlstein, Katheryn C. Maguire, and Lindsay Timmerman, "Contradictions and Praxis Contextualized by Wartime Deployment: Wives' Perspectives Revealed through Relational Dialectics"
2016 Caryn E. Medved, Shannon M. Brogan, Andrea M. McClanahan, Jerimiah F. Morris, and Gregory J. Shepherd, "Family and work socializing communication: Messages, gender, and ideological implications" Journal of Family Communication 6 (2009): 161-180
2015 Ascan Koerner and Mary Anne Fitzpatrick “Toward a Theory of Family Communication,” Communication Theory 12 (2002): 70-91
2014 - Steve R. Wilson, Felicia Roberts, Jessica J. Rack, and Julie E. Delaney, “Mothers’ Trait Verbal Aggressiveness as a Predictor of Maternal and Child Behavior during Playtime Interactions,” Human Communication Research 33 (2008): 392-422.
2013 Anita Vanelisti, Katheryn Maguire, Alicia Alexander, and Gretchen Clark, “Hurtful Family Environments: Links with Individual, Relationship, and Perceptual Variables,” Communication Monographs 74 (2007): 357-385.
2012 Michael I. Arrington, “’She’s Right Behind Me All the Way’: A Narrative Analysis of Prostate Cancer and Changes in Marital Relationships,” Journal of Family Communication 5 (2005): 141-162.

Journal of Family Communication Article of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2015 Andrew M. Ledbetter and Stephenson J. Beck, “A Theoretical Comparison of Relational Maintenance and Closeness as Mediators of Family Communication Patterns in Parent-Child Relationships,” Journal of Family Communication 14 (2014): 230-252.
2014 Tricia J. Burke, Alesia Woszidlo, and Chris Segrin, “The Intergenerational Transmission of Social Skills and Psychosocial Problems among Parents and their Young Adult Children,” Journal of Family Communication 13 (2013): 77-91.
2013 Kristen Lucas and Patrice M. Buzzanell, “Memorable Messages of Hard Times: Constructing Short- and Long-Term Resiliencies Through Family Communication,” Journal of Family Communication 12 (2012): 189-208.
2012 Alan C. Mikkelson, Kory Floyd, and Perry M. Pauley, “Differential Solicitude of Social Support in Different Types of Adult Sibling Relationships,” Journal of Family Communication 11 (2011): 220-236.