Dana Dinsmore

About Dana Dinsmore

Dana R. Dinsmore is a fourth year Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on how communication in family and romantic relationships affects our physical and mental health. Her research addresses such topics as diet, exercise, alcohol/substance use, and medication adherence. She is just as passionate about teaching as she is her research, and she loves helping students connect communication course concepts to their daily professional and personal lives.

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

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Contact Information

Dana Dinsmore
Ph.D. Candidate


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

Courses Taught

Communication Theory, Small Group Communication, Public Speaking, and Fundamentals of Human Communication

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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