Emily Dolan

PhD Student, Department of Communication

Interpersonal Communication


I am currently in my fourth year of the PhD program in the Department of Communication. My program of research broadly focuses on the effects of interpersonal communication on intrapersonal processes by examining how supportive communication (interpersonal process) affects emotion regulation (intrapersonal process). Utilizing Gross’ (1998) process model of emotion regulation, two main research questions currently guide my research agenda: (1) What compels people to seek supportive communication to regulate their emotions as opposed to regulating on their own?, and (2) How do specific messages affect the emotion regulation process in order to deemed an effective supportive message? To date, little research examines how supportive communication affects the specific cognitive and affective processes involved with the interpersonal regulation of emotion, and my dissertation begins to elucidate these processes.