Interpersonal 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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Gerald R. Miller Book Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Lindsey Aloia, Amanda Denes, & John P. Crowley, The Oxford Handbook of the Physiology of Interpersonal Communication, published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
  Jeffrey A. Hall, Relating Through Technology, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. 
2022 Steven R. Wilson & Sandi W. Smith, Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research, published by Cognella Academic Publishing in 2019. 
  Ashley Duggan, Health and Illness in Close Relationships, published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. 
2021 Yachao Li & Jennifer Samp, Navigating Remarkable Communication Experiences of Sexual Minorities (Lexington Books)
2020 Kory Floyd, Affectionate Communication in Close Relationships (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
2019 Dale Hample, Interpersonal Arguing. Peter Lang
2018 Jennifer Theiss, The Experience and Expression of Uncertainty in Close Relationships (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
2017 Dawn Braithwaite and Paul Schrodt, Engaging theories in interpersonal communication: Multiple perspectives (2nd ed). (Sage, 2015)
2016 Pamela Lannutti, Experiencing Same Sex Marriage: Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks (Peter Lang, 2014)
2015 Brain Spitzberg and Bill Cupach, The Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit: From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking (Routledge, 2014)
2014 Jennifer Bevan, The Communication of Jealousy (Peter Lang, 2013).
2012 William Rawlins, The Compass of Friendship: Narratives, Identities, and Dialogues (Sage Publications, 2009)
2011 Leslie Baxter, Voicing Relationships: A Dialogic Perspective (Sage Publications, 2010)

Franklin H. Knower Article Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Kristina M. Scharp, Tiffany R. Wang, & Brooke H. Wolfe, "Communicative Resilience of First-Generation College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic," published in Human Communication Research in 2022. 
2022 Kristen Cole, “Neuroqueering Interpersonal Communication Theory: Listening to Autistic Object-Orientations,” published in Review of Communication in 2021   
2021 Tennley A. Vik & Jocelyn M. DeGroot,"'I don't let everyone see my struggles': Mothers' Social Support and Privacy Management"
2020 Elizabeth Hintz, "Disrupting Sexual Norms: An Application of the Critical Interpersonal and Family Communication(CIFC) Framework in the Context of Vulvodynia" Journal of Family Communication, 19(2), 110-125.
2019 Sharde Davis & Tamara Afifi, "The Strong Black Woman Collective Theory: Determining the Prosocial Functions of Strength Regulation in Groups of Black Women Friends." Journal of Communication, 69(1), 1-25.
2018 Tamara D. Afifi, Anne F. Merrill, Sharde Davis, "The Theory of Resilience and Relational Load" Personal Relationships, 23(4), 663-683.
2017 Lindsey Aloia and Denise Solomon (2015), "Conflict intensity, family history, and physiological stress reactions to conflict within romantic relationships," Human Communication Research, 41, 367-389.
2016 Jennifer S. Priem and Denise Haunani Solomon (2011), "Relational uncertainty and cortisol responses to hurtful and supportive messages from a dating partner," Personal Relationships, 18(2), 198-223.
2015 Daena Goldsmith and Kelsey Dolmann-Scholz (2013), "The Meanings of ‘Open Communication’ among Couples with a Cardiac Event," Journal of Communication, 62(2), 266-286.
2014 Graham D. Bodie and Brant R. Burleson (2008), "Explaining Variations in the Effects of Supportive Messages," Communication Yearbook 32, 355-398.
2013 Sandra Faulkner and Michael Hecht (2011), “The Negotiation of Closetable Identities: A Narrative Analysis of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Queer Jewish Identity," Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 829-847.
2012 Tamara Afifi, Douglas Granger, Amanda Denes, Andrea Joseph, and Desiree Aldeis (2011), "Parents’ communication skills and adolescents’ salivary a amylase and cortisol response patterns," Communication Monographs, 78(3), 273-295.
2011 Leanne Knobloch, Laura Miller, Bradley Bond, and Sarah Mannone (2007), "Relational uncertainty and message processing in marriage," Communication Monographs, 74(2), 154-180.

Early Career Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Elizabeth A. Hintz
2022 Liesel Sharabi
2021 Shardé M. Davis
2020 John Crowley
2019 Haley Kranstuber Horstman
2018 Amanda Denes
2017 Andrew High
2016 Jennifer Kam
2015 Amanda Holmstrom and Jeffrey Hall
2014 Andrew Ledbetter
2013 Jennifer Theiss
2012 Graham Bodie
2011 Paul Schrodt

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Elizabeth A. Hintz, "Explicating the Process of Communicative Disenfranchisement for Women with Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs)"
2022 Roselia Mendez Murillo, "Using Theories of Relational Maintenance, Coping, and Resilience to Bridge the Distance between Separated Latinx Immigrant Families"
2021 Rachel R. Vanderbilt,"Antecedents and Consequences of Communication about Serial Arguments: A Longitudinal Study of Associations within and between Conflict Episodes"
2020 Kellie Brisini and Denise Solomon, "Relational Turbulence and Marital Communication when Children with Autism Start School: A Longitudinal Dyadic Diary Study"
2019 Joris Van Ouytsel (Koen Ponnet & Michel Walrave, Advisors) "Sexting and Cyber Dating Abuse among Adolescents – Unraveling the Social, Relational and Individual Antecedents"
2018 Nivea Castaneda, "En Boca Cerrada No Entran Moscas. Flies Don't Enter Clsoed Mouths: A Grounded Theory Study of Latinas' Testimonios of Child Sexual Abuse"
2017 Julia Moore, "From childless by choice to mother: Performative and subversive negotiations of face in relational communication about (never) having children"
2016 Angela Palmer-Wackerly, “Illness Identity, Social Support, and Cancer Treatment Decision-Making”
2015 Meara Faw, “The Influence of Social Support Quality on Physiological Stress among Support Providers and Recipients in Response to a Short-term Interaction”
2014 Roi Estlein, “Manifestations of Responsiveness and Control in Husbands’ and Wives’ Marital and Parental Communication”
2013 John P. Crowley, “Expressive Writing to Cope with Hate Speech: Assessing Psychobiological Stress Recovery and Forgiveness Promotion for LGBQ Victims of Hate Speech”

Outstanding Thesis Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Paige Von Feldt, "Internalized Stigma as an Antecedent to Disclosure Risk Perceptions: An Exploration of Communication Privacy Management"
2022 Jared Worwood, "'I Thought that We Could Nurture the Nature Out of Our Son': Making Meaning of Parenting in the Narratives of Parents of Children in Residential Treatment"
2021 Chantel Haughton,"Resilience in Interracial Relationships: Relationship Maintenance and Communal Orientation as Protection Against Network Stigma"
2020 Megan Cardwell and Jordan Soliz, "Examining the Role of Sibling Interaction in Multiethnic-Racial Identity Development in the United States"
2019 Lauren Peters (Jennifer S. Priem, Thesis Advisor) "No Laughing Matter? Examining the Effect of Stigma and Humor on Coping Efficacy and Empowerment When Seeking Support for Mental Health Conditions"
2018 Courtney McDaniel, "Conflict Provision: Exploring the Intersection of Social Suport and Deception"
2017 Samantha J. Shebib, "Financial conflict messages and marital satisfaction: The mediating role of financial communication satisfaction"
2016 Samuel Hardman Taylor, "Extending Media Multiplexity Theory to the Extended Family: Communication Satisfaction and Tie Strength as Moderators of Violations of Media Use Expectations"
2015 Elizabeth Glowacki, “Examining Individual Differences as Predictors of Reinforcement of Punishment Behaviors within Romantic Couples Dealing with Substance Abuse: An Application of Inconsistent Nurturing as Control Theory”
2014 (Inaugural year)- Jennifer Schon, “’I’m Just Texting to Say Hello’: Examining How Parents’ Access To and Use of Information Communication Technologies Influences Satisfaction Among Adult Children”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Cimmiaron Alvarez & Brooke Wolfe, "Examining the Face-Threatening Acts Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Experience and How they Respond"
2022 Maddison Russell, “Learning to Love My (Trans)self & You: The Implications of Multiple Goals Theory for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Romantic Partners Who Communicate About Gender-Affirming Identity Needs with Cisgender Partners”
2021 Kimberly Kuiper,"Operationalizing Identity Bridging: Responses to Identity Gaps"
2020 Andrew Coolidge, "Subversive or sexist: The effects of perceived gender on interpretations of disparaging and subversive humor"
2019 Sonny Eugene Kelly, "A Critical Race Theory Approach to Interpersonal Communication"
2018 James Stein, "A Longitudinal Extension of Relational Turbulence Theory: Popping the Dyadic Bubble"
2017 Samantha F. LeVan, "A test of the theory of resilience and relational load in marital dyads"
2016 Jennifer Jackl, “Do you understand why I don’t share that?: Exploring tellability within untellable romantic relationship origin tales”
2015 Madeleine Redlick, “Am I Lady or a Tramp? Sexual History Topic Avoidance, Stigma, and Relative Mate Value in Romantic Relationships”
2014 Cassandra Carlson, “The Presence of Our Past: Relational Closeness, Advice Solicitation, and College Student Perceptions of Parental Advice-Giving”
2013 Bethany Doran, “Perceived Intent and Hurt Feelings as Predictors of Targets’ Feelings of Forgiveness”
2012 David Roache, “Tag Me, Then We’ll Talk: How Facebook Picture Tagging Affects Communication Intentions”
2011 Adam Richards, “Secret Keepers as Information Providers: A Test of the Theory of Motivated Information Management”

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Rachel Vanderbilt & Denise Solomon, "The Role of Perceived Resolvability in Serial Arguments II: A Conceptual Replication Using Three-Wave Panel Data"
2022 Megan E. Cardwell, “Charting a Path: Race, Research, and Practice in Interpersonal Communication Studies”
2021 Hannah Jones, Jennifer Theiss, & Deborah Yoon,"Stress, Relational Turbulence, and Communal Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
2020 Kai Kuang and Patricia Gettings, "Applying the Theory of Motivated Information Management to Family Health History"
2019 Alan Goodboy, San Bolkan, Liesel Sharabi, Scott A. Meyers, & James P. Baker
2016 Allison Scott Gordon and Laura Stafford, "A Longitudinal Investigation of Relational Turbulence and Depressive Symptoms in Newly Married Women”
2015 Jennifer Theiss, John Leustek, Roi Estlein, and Kirsten Weber, “Postpartum Depression and Relational Turbulence during the Transition to Parenthood: Implications for Perceived Partner Responsiveness, Social Support, and Relationship Satisfaction”
2014 Jeffrey Hall, “Measuring Perceived Social-Sexual Behavior, Attraction, and Intent”
2013 Paul Schrodt, Paul Witt and Jenna Shimkowski, “A Meta-Analytical Review of the Demand/Withdrawal Pattern of Interaction and its Associations with Individual, Relational, and Communicative Outcomes”
2012 Jennifer Theiss and Leanne Knobloch, “A Relational Turbulence Model of Military Veterens’ Relational Communication during Reintegration”
2011 Kristen Carr, Paul Schodt, and Andrew Ledbetter, “Rumination, Conflict intensity, and Perceived Resolvability as Predictors of the Motivation to Sustain and Likelihood Of Continuing Serial Arguments”

Top Four Paper Awards

Year Award Winner
2023 Christopher D. Otmar & Andy J. Merolla, "Early Relational Exclusion and Present-Day Minority Stress, Social Anxiety, and Coping Responses among Sexual Minority Men"
  Cimmiaron Alvarez & Brooke Wolfe, "Examining the Face-Threatening Acts Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Experience and How they Respond"
  Amanda Denes, John P. Crowley, Katrina Webber, Joe Whitt, Maria E. DelGreco, Emily Lorraine Hamlin, Chelsea Guest, Devon Elizabeth Geary, & Claire Wanzer, "Exploring Associations Among Shared Social Identity, Supportive Communication, Language Use, and Physiological Stress During Conversations about LGBTQ+ Individuals’ Hate Speech Experiences"
  Rachel Vanderbilt & Denise Solomon, "The Role of Perceived Resolvability in Serial Arguments II: A Conceptual Replication Using Three-Wave Panel Data"
2021 Lisa K. Hanasono, Hyun Kyoung Ro, Deborah A. O’Neil, Ellen Broido, Margaret Yacobucci, Susana Peña, & Karen V. Root ,"Communicating Privilege and Faculty Allyship"
  Kelly G. McAninch, Amy Delaney, Erin Basinger, & Erin C. Wehrman,"Validating Communication in Couples’ Experience of Chronic Illness: Associations of Relational and Health Circumstances and Overarching Relational Perceptions
  Anya Hommadova & Laura K. Guerrero,"Effects of Nonverbal Immediacy and Similarity on Social Attraction and Friendship Potential: First Impressions of U.S. and Middle Eastern Students on Zoom"
2020 Graham Bodie, "Discovering the Fabric of Supportive Conversations: A Typology of Speaking Turns and Their Contingencies"
  Kristina Scharp, “'Every morning, you have to say to yourself that today’s the best day, and then today everything will happen.': Understanding resilience processes and constraints in the context of migration"
  Colin Hesse, "Affectionate Communication and Health: A Meta-analysis"
  Susanne Jones, Miriam Brinberg, Amy Christine Mulawa Joyer, Denise Solomon, and Nilam Ram, "Discovering the Fabric of Supportive Conversations: A Typology of Speaking Turns and Their "Contingencies"
  Devon Geary, Brooke Wolfe, Tiffany Wang, and Margaret Fesenmaier, “'Every morning, you have to say to yourself that today’s the best day, and then today everything will happen.': Understanding resilience processes and constraints in the context of migration"
  Kory Floyd, Stephen Rains, Alan Mikkelson, Perry Pauley, Nathan Woo, Benjamin Custer, and Kaylin Duncan, "Affectionate Communication and Health: A Meta-analysis"
2019 Sonny Eugene Kelly
  Bryan Abendschein, "I Loved Him. It Was Just Could I Live with Him.' The Complicated Experience of Relational Uncertainty and Resilience in Post-Stroke Romantic Relationships"
  Deborah B. Yoon & Jennifer A. Theiss, "The Role of Identity Uncertainty in Predicting Perceived Support Quality and Relational Turbulence for Individuals Coping with Infertility"
2018 Jennifer A. Kam, Andy J. Merolla, and Andrew C. High, "Latina/o Immigrant Youth's Inderect and Direct Family-Undocumented Status Disclosures, Recieved Emotional Support, and Depressive Symptoms"
  Rene Dailey, Sarah Varga, Tracy Zhang, Jacon Hazzard, and Kyle D. Kearns, Relationship Talk in Cyclical and Non-Cyclical Relationships: Applying the Theory of Motivated Information Management"
  Haley Horstman, Amanda Holman, and Chad McBride, "Expanding the Communicated Sense-Making Model: Men's Use of Metaphors to Make Sense of their Spouse's Miscarraige" 
  Paul Schrodt and Tamara Afifi, "Venting to Unify the Front: PArents' Negative Disclousres about their Children as Mediators of Coparental Communication and Relational Quality"
2017 Wen Song and Susan L. Kline. "Toward a theory of conflict openings: A behavioral complexity and rational model of openings in conflict management"
  Anuraj Dhillon, Amanda Denes, John Crowley, Anbyre L. P. Ponivas, Kara Winkler, and Margaret Elizabeth Bennet, "Does physiology influence accomodation and satisfaction during conflict? Exploring the role of testerone in couples' conflict conversations."
  Leanne Knobloch, Erin Basinger, Bryan Abendschein, Erin C. Wehrman, J. Kale Monk, and Kelly Grace McAninch, "Communication in online forums about the experience and management of relational uncertainty in military life."
  Tara Suwinyattichaiporn and Laura K. Guerrero, "Conceptualizing and operationalizing empathetic expressions: Scale development and validation"
2016 Norah Dunbar, Quinten Shenk Bernhold, Judee Burgoon, and Matthew Jensen, “Why do they confess? An examination of pre- and post-confession nonverbal cues and confession-eliciting strategies used by interviewers”
  Sara Trask, Haley Horstman, and Colin Hesse, “Deceptive Affection Across Relational Contexts: A Group Comparison of Romantic Relationships, Cross-Sex Friendships, and Friends with Benefits”
  Denise Solomon, Leanne Knobloch, Jennifer Theiss, and Rachel McLaren, “Relational Turbulence Theory: Explaining Variation in Subjective Experiences within Romantic Relationships”
2015 Andrew High, Denise Solomon, “Explaining the Durable Effects of Verbal Person-Centered Supportive Communication: Indirect Effects or Invisible Support?”
  Denise Solomon and Jennifer Priem, “Outcomes of enacted support in dating relationships: Relational turbulence or sentiment override?”
  Jody Koenig Kellas, Elizabeth Flood Grady, Jordan A. Allen, “Perspective-taking and relational conflict: The impact of writing on communication and relationships over time”
2014 Jennifer Priem and Denise Solomon, “Emotional Support and Physiological Stress Recovery: The Role of Support Matching, Adequacy, and Invisibility”
  Erina MacGeorge, Lisa Guntzviller, Sara Branch, & Liliya Yakova, “Advice and Problem-Solving Behaviors in Supportive Interactions: Effects of Quantity and Sequence”
  Haley Kranstuber Horstman, Ryan Maliski, Joy Cox, Amy Enderle, Alexie Hays, and Leslie Nelson, “The Cognitive and Communicative Components of Narrative Sense-Making and Well-Being in Mother-Daughter Conversations of Difficulty”
2013 Kory Floyd, Perry M. Pauley, Colin Hesse, Alice E. Veksler, Jen Eden, Alan Mikkelson, “Affectionate Communication is Associated with Immunologic and Cardiologic Health Markers”
  Bridget Potocki, “Talking about Sexual Assault: Applying the Theory of Motivated Information Management”
  Jennifer Bute and Maria Brann, “Co-ownership of Private Information in the Miscarriage Context”
2012 Andy Merrolla, “The Relationally Constructive Tendencies of Hopeful People: How Hope Contributes to Conflict Management and Relational Maintenance.”
  Mark Morman and Paul Schrodt, “Self-Disclosure Mediates the Effects of Gender Orientation and Homophobia on the Relationship Quality of Male Same-Sex Friendships.”
  Kate Blackburn, Nicholas Brody, and Leah LeFebvre, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Public and Private Pronoun Usage in Relationship Breakup Accounts.”

Top Four Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Josephine K. Boumis,"Supportive Communication, Avoidance Efficacy, and Offenders’ Substance Avoidance"
  Yee Ng,"Older Adult’s Marital Status, Conversation Frequency, and Well-Being in Everyday Life
  Manuel D. Pulido, Kirsten E. Pool, & Megan Jacobs Franworth,"Red Light, Green Light? An Appraisal Model of Pain Communication in BDSM Scenes and Relationships"
2020 Shuting Yao, "It’s not you, it’s me: Face work of disengagement language in dating relationships"
  Gina Reynolds, "Crossroads of the college choice: A study of homeschooler anticipatory memorable messages about college"
  Callie Graham, "Technology use and conflict in long-distance romantic relationships"