Dana Dinsmore

Dana Dinsmore completed her Ph.D. in 2022. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between partner communication and depressive symptoms. She is currently a data analyst and communication consultant and teaches communication at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Dissertation Title

Exploring the Relationship between Partner Communication and Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Study of Acceptance and Rejection

Areas of Study

Health and Interpersonal Communication

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Health-related communication in close relationships
  • Stress and stress regulation
  • Physiological effects of communication
  • Communication & Mental illness

Selected Publications

Floyd, K., Dinsmore, D. R., & Pavlich, C. A. (2018). The theory of natural selection: An evolutionary approach to family communication. In D. O.

Braithwaite, E. A. Suter, & K. Floyd (Eds.), Engaging theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Floyd, K., Pavlich, C. A., Dinsmore, D. R., & Ray, C. D. (in press). The physiology of affectionate communication. In L. S. Aloia, A. Denes, & J. C. Crowley (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of the physiology of interpersonal communication. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Floyd, K., Pavlich, C. A., & Dinsmore, D. R. (2018). Physiological measures of wellness and message processing. In R. L. Parrott (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of health and risk message design and processing. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Romo, L. K., Dinsmore, D. R., & Connolly, T. L. (2016). "Coming out" as an alcoholic: How former problem drinkers negotiate disclosure of their non-drinking identity. Health Communication, 31. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.954090

Romo, L. K., Dinsmore, D. R., Connolly, T. L., & Davis, C. N. (2014). An examination of how professionals who abstain from alcohol communicatively negotiate their non-drinking identity. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2014.982683


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Arizona
  • Master of Arts, Texas State University
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Texas at Austin