Awards

Interpersonal 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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Gerald R. Miller Book Award

Year Award Winner
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
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
2017 Andrew High, The University of Iowa
2016 Jennifer Kam, University of California, Santa Barbara
2015 Amanda Holmstrom, Michigan State University, and Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas
2014 Andrew Ledbetter, Texas Christian University
2013 Jennifer Theiss, Rutgers University
2012 Graham Bodie, Louisiana State University
2011 Paul Schrodt, Texas Christian University

Outstanding Dissertation 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 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
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
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
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
2017 Wen Song and Susan L. Kline. "Toward a theory of conflict openings: A behavioral complexity and rational model of openings in conflict management"
2017 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."
2017 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."
2017 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”
2016 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”
2016 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?”
2015 Denise Solomon and Jennifer Priem, “Outcomes of enacted support in dating relationships: Relational turbulence or sentiment override?”
2015 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”
2014 Erina MacGeorge, Lisa Guntzviller, Sara Branch, & Liliya Yakova, “Advice and Problem-Solving Behaviors in Supportive Interactions: Effects of Quantity and Sequence”
2014 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”
2013 Bridget Potocki, “Talking about Sexual Assault: Applying the Theory of Motivated Information Management”
2013 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.”
2012 Mark Morman and Paul Schrodt, “Self-Disclosure Mediates the Effects of Gender Orientation and Homophobia on the Relationship Quality of Male Same-Sex Friendships.”
2012 Kate Blackburn, Nicholas Brody, and Leah LeFebvre, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Public and Private Pronoun Usage in Relationship Breakup Accounts.”