Family Communication Division

Interest Group Awards

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
2023 Roselia Mendez Murillo & Jennifer A. Kam, "Facilitating Relational Maintenance for Separated Latina/o/x Immigrant Families: The Important Role of Primary Caregivers"
2022 Kristina M. Scharp, Cimmiaron Alvarez, & Brittan Barker, "Communicative Resilience by Proxy: Exploring How Hearing Parents Enact Resilience for Themselves and Their Children Who Use Cochlear Implants"
2021 Li Meng, "Articulating Maternal Guilt: Migration, Motherhood, and Changing Ideologies of Childrearing in China"
2020 Kristina M. Scharp, Russell Hansen, Kyle Kubler, and Tiffany R. Wang, "'What kind of a horrible human being of a mother could not have her kids?': Making meaning of parental alienation”
  Leslie R. Nelson, Summer Atwood, and Maria Butauski, "'Damage Control:' An Exploration of the Content, Process, and Functions of Foster Exit Narratives from the Foster Parent Perspective"
  LaShawnda M. Kilgore, Haley Kranstuber Horstman, Colleen Colaner, "'I'm still breathing, I'm still alive:' Former Foster Youths' Narratives of Trauma and Resilience"
2019 Analisa Arroyo, Alesia Woszidlo, and Anastacia Janovec, "The Relationships between Mothers’ and Daughters’ Feminist Identity, Voice, and Psychological Outcomes"
  Quinten Shenk Bernhold and Howard Giles, "The Role of Grandchildren’s Own Age-Related Communication and Accommodation from Grandparents in Predicting Grandchildren’s Successful Aging"
  Sarah Parsloe, Stephanie Tikkanen, Brittany L. Peterson), “I was a traditional male until he came along”: Responding to disrupted discourses of fatherhood while raising a child with Sturge-Weber Syndrome"
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
2023 Olivia Watson & Jana Hockersmith, "'Couldn't you get an American?': Navigating Communicative Disenfranchisement Experienced by Transracial Adoptive Families"
2022 Chelsea E. Moss & Taylor S. Vasquez, ’Make Your Family Proud’: Analyzing the Communication of Roles and Identity in Disney's Encanto”
2021 Katie Kassler, "'The Gift God Has Given Us': Baptist Mothers’ Identity Enactment During Sex Talks with Children";
2020 Elizabeth A. Hintz and Amy Haywood, "Media Frames of Voluntary Childlessness in the United States From 1979 to 2018"
2019 Elizabeth A.Hintz and Clinton L. Brown, "Childfree and "Bingoed": Competing Discourses of Reproductive Normativity and Autonomy
Animated in Online Narratives of Conversations about Voluntary Childlessness"
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
2023 Lauren Jean Johnsen, "Men and Maternal Care: How Men Make Sense of Their Experiences with a Partner's Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery," advised by Haley K. Horstman 
2022 Michaela Devyn Mullis, "The Alienated Parent-Child Bond Across the Lifespan: Relational Reconnection in Parental Alienation Families," advised by Carla L. Fisher
2021 Elizabeth Spencer, "Conversation Goals, Communication Satisfaction, and Relational Dynamics While Navigating Alzheimer’s Disease: A Pre- and Post-Diagnosis Dyadic Examination of Family Communication"
2020 JhuCin Rita Jhang, "'She did not come out, but we have come to terms' -- Family reconciliation of challenged expectations when a young adult child is gender and sexual minority/Tongzhi: Multiple perspectives"
2019 Bailey M. Oliver, "Blended family resilience: Communication practices in positive adult half sibling relationships"
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
2014 Roi Estlein, “Manifestations of Responsiveness and Control in Husbands’ and Wives’ Marital and Parental Communication,” advised by Jennifer Theiss
2013 Mary E. Nagy, “The Communicative and Physiological Manifestations of Relational Turbulence During the Empty-Nest Phase of Marital Relationships,” advised by Jennifer Theiss
2012 Diana Breshears, “A Dialectical Analysis of Discourses Surrounding Children’s Experience of Parental Disclosures of Homosexuality,” advised by Dawn Braithwaite

Distinguished Book Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Kathryn Greene, Valerian Derlega, Gust A. Yep, & Sandra Petronio, Privacy Disclosure of HIV in Interpersonal Relationships: A Sourcebook for Researchers and Practitioners (2003), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
2020 Kathryn Maguire, Stress and Coping in Families (2012), Polity Press.
2019 Leslie A. Baxter, Editor, Remaking “Family” Communicatively (2014), Peter Lang Publishing.
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
2023 Meng Li, "Maintaining Ties and Reaffirming Unity: Family Rituals in the Age of Migration," published in Journal of Family Communication in 2018.
2022 Marie Haverfield & Jennifer Theiss, “Parent’s Alcoholism Severity and Family Topic Avoidance About Alcohol as Predictors of Perceived Stigma Among Adult Children of Alcoholics: Implications for Emotional and Psychological Resilience,” published in Health Communication, in 2016. 
2021 Kristina M. Scharp & Lindsey J. Thomas;"Family 'Bonds': Making Meaning of Parent–Child Relationships in Estrangement Narratives," published in the Journal of Family Communication in 2016;
2020 Tiffany R. Wang, “'I’m the only person from where I’m from to go to college': Understanding the memorable messages first-generation college students receive from parents" Journal of Family Communication, 14(3), 270-290.
2019 Vince Waldron, Dayna Kloeber, Carmen Goman, Nicole Piemonte, & Joshua Danaher, "How Parents Communicate Right and Wrong: A Study of Memorable Moral Messages Recalled by Emerging Adults" Journal of Family Communication, 14:4, 374-397.
2017 Erin Sahlstein, Katheryn C. Maguire, and Lindsay Timmerman, "Contradictions and Praxis Contextualized by Wartime Deployment: Wives' Perspectives Revealed through Relational Dialectics" Communication Monographs, 76:4, 421-442.
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.

Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Elizabeth A. Hintz
2022 Lindsey Thomas
2021 Elizabeth Dorrance Hall
2020 Kristina M. Scharp


Year Award Winner
2023 Dr. Haley K. Horstman
2022 Dr. Kristina M. Scharp