Alesia Woszidlo, Ph.D.

About Alesia Woszidlo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at The University of Kansas

Alesia Woszidlo (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is an interpersonal communication scholar whose specialty is family communication and mental health. Her research examines the family of origin and how it affects the communication patterns used in romantic and family relationships. Additionally, she actively researches the association between mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression, stress, and negative affectivity), communication processes (e.g., conflict management, coping strategies, social skills deficits) and relationship quality (e.g., satisfaction, commitment, divorce proneness). This research can be found in journals such as Journal of Family Communication, Communication Monographs, Family Relations and Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

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.

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Alesia Woszidlo, Ph.D.


PhD, Communication, University of Arizona (2008)

MA, Communication, University of Arizona (2004)

BA, Spanish and Speech Communication, Northern Michigan University (2002)

Dissertation Title

The Role of Enduring Vulnerabilities and Coping in Adjusting to Marital Stress
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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