Alesia Woszidlo, PhD

Research Interests

I am an interpersonal communication scholar who focuses on family communication, mental health, and nonverbal behavior. With regard to family communication, I examine the family of origin and how it affects the communication patterns used in family, romantic, and social relationships. Mental health is another focus of mine. My research investigates the association between mental health issues (i.e., anxiety, depression, stress, and negative affectivity), communication processes and relationship outcomes (i.e., satisfaction, commitment, and relationship quality). Last, I enjoy researching nonverbal behaviors, especially touch, and how it communicates various relational stages and messages. In addition, I also examine various individual traits and their effects on nonverbal communication.

Selected Publications

Hanzal, A., & Segrin, C. (2009). The role of conflict resolution styles in mediating the relationship between enduring vulnerabilities and marital quality. Journal of Family Communication, 9, 1-20.

Segrin, C., Hanzal, A., & Domschke, T. (2009). Accuracy and bias in newlywed couples’ perceptions of conflict styles and their associations with marital satisfaction. Communication Monographs, 76, 207-233.

Givertz, M., Segrin, C., & Hanzal, A. (2009). The association between satisfaction and commitment differs across marital couple types. Communication Research, 36, 561-584.

Hanzal, A. & Segrin, C. (2008). Conflict patterns and family of origin conflict in newly initiated remarriages. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 49 ½, 41-55.

Hanzal, A., Segrin, C., & Dorros, S.M. (2008). The role of marital status and age on men’s and women’s reactions to touch from a relational partner. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 32, 21-35.

Dorros, S.M., Hanzal, A., & Segrin, C., (2008). What does sex, personality, and relationship satisfaction have to do with it? Finding the best predictor of positive reactions to intimate and nonintimate touch from a relational partner. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1067-1073.

Allen, M., Emmers-Sommer, T. M., D’Alessio, D., Timmerman, L., Hanzal, A., & Korus, J. (2007). The connection between the physiological and psychological reactions to sexually explicit materials: A literature summary using meta-analysis. Communication Monographs, 74, 541-560.

Segrin, C., Hanzal, A., Donnerstein, C., & Taylor, M., & Domschke, T. (2007). Social skills, psychological well-being, and the mediating role of perceived stress. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 20, 321-329.

Emmers-Sommer, T. M., Pauley, P., Hanzal, A., & Triplett, L. (2006). Love, suspense, sex, and violence: Men’s and women’s film predilections, exposure to sexually violent media, and their relationship to rape myth acceptance. Sex Roles, 55, 311-320.

Emmers-Sommer, T. M., Triplett, L., Pauley, P., Hanzal, A., & Rhea, D. (2005). The impact of film manipulation on attitudes toward women and editing. Sex Roles, 52, 683-695.
Dissertation Title: The Role of Enduring Vulnerabilities and Coping in Adjusting to Marital Stress

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Contact Information

Alesia Woszidlo, PhD
Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas
Telephone: 785-864-9896
Fax: 785-864-5203
Office: 116L Bailey Hall


Double major in Spanish and Speech Communication from Northern Michigan University (2002)
MA in Communication from University of Arizona (2004)
PhD in Communication from University of Arizona (2008)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences