- Interpersonal and Relational Communication
- Communication Theory
- Health Communication
Using experimental and survey methods, Dr. Dillow conducts theoretically-driven research investigating communication between partners in close relationships, including romantic relationships, friends with benefits relationships, and cross-sex friendships. Her primary research interests are focused on the “dark side” of personal relationships, particularly relational decisions in the wake of and communicative responses to major relational transgressions such as infidelity, communicative infidelity, and flirting. In addition, she maintains a continued interest in conducting research on post-dissolutional relationships, including reconciled romantic relationships. Dr. Dillow’s secondary research focus concerns health communication within and outside of interpersonal contexts. Along with her colleague Keith Weber, she is developing an innovative campaign designed to reduce the incidence of college student drinking and driving. In addition, Dr. Dillow is interested in the psychological and physiological health consequences of negative relational experiences.
- PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
- M.A. University of Georgia