Steve Rains

Steve Rains

Office: Communication 319
Office Hours: Fall 2023 I Mon & Wed 2:00pm-3:00pm via Zoom


Steve Rains is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. His research is situated in the areas of health communication, social influence, and communication and technology. He is interested in better understanding how and why messages influence people, particularly in health contexts and when using communication technologies. His work in recent years has primarily focused on social support, though he routinely studies digital coping, incivility, persuasion resistance, and related topics. He is especially interested in leveraging computational social science techniques to explore the dynamic communication processes involved in these phenomena.

Selected Publications

Please see the following page for a complete list of publications:


  • M.S. (Illinois State University)
  • Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin)