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Dr. Megan R. Dillow

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae
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Areas of Study:

Interpersonal Communication
Health Communication

Research Interests:

Romantic relationships and relational communication 
Relational transgressions such as opposite-sex and same-sex infidelity
Uncertainty and information management
Social influence 
Health communication campaigns

Using experimental, survey, and observational methods, Megan conducts theoretically-driven research investigating communication between people in interpersonal relationships. Her primary research interests are focused on the “dark side” of close relationships, such as communicative responses to major relational transgressions. Most recently, along with colleagues from several other universities, she is working on a series of experimental investigations on relational and communicative outcomes of same-sex infidelity. Megan's secondary research focus concerns health communication within and outside of interpersonal contexts, including the psychological and physiological health consequences of negative relational experiences and health communication campaigns. Megan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Dark Side of Close Relationships, Interpersonal Communication Theory, and Persuasion. She serves on the National Communication Association’s Nominating Committee and Leadership Development Committee, and is finishing her last term as an Associate Editor of Personal Relationships


B.A., The University of Virginia's College at Wise 
M.A., The University of Georgia 
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University