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Dr. Alan K. Goodboy

Professor; Peggy Rardin McConnell Endowed Research Chair of Communication Studies

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Areas of Study:

Quantitative Methods, Modeling, and Statistics
Interpersonal Communication
Instructional Communication 

Research Interests:

Structural Equation Modeling for Communication Science
Relational Turbulence
Conditional Processes of Teaching and Learning
Instructional Dissent
Medical Communication and Simulation

Dr. Goodboy is quantitative scholar with an interest in applications of structural equation modeling for communication science. He has completed over 730 hours of postdoctoral coursework in statistics. Most recently, he has been interested in testing communication theory using person-centered methods (latent class analysis, latent profile analysis, latent transition analysis) and intensive longitudinal methods (dynamic structural equation modeling). As an interpersonal communication scholar, he is completing a series of studies on relational turbulence and relational load by tracking daily relational episodes in a time series. As an instructional communication scholar, he regularly conducts teaching experiments to identify causal processes of student learning. Dr. Goodboy also collaborates on medical communication projects with surgery colleagues at WVU focusing on medical simulation and assessment. Most recently he is collaborating on a stitching and suture simulation to help medical students gain psychomotor skills in closing wounds.


B.A.., West Virginia University 
M.A., West Virginia University
Ph.D., West Virginia University