Erin Ruppel, M.A. & Ph.D.

About Erin Ruppel, M.A. & Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Interests

  • Communication Technologies
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Small Group Communication

Selected Publications

Ruppel, E. K., Burke, T. J., Cherney, M. R., & Dinsmore, D. (2018). Social compensation and enhancement processes via mediated communication in the transition to college. Human Communication Research, 44, 58-79.

Ruppel, E. K. (2018). Preference for and perceived competence of communication technology affordances in face-threatening scenarios. Communication Reports, 31, 53-64.

Ruppel, E. K., Burke, T. J., & Cherney, M. R. (2017). Channel complementarity and multiplexity in friendship: Associations with closeness and sex composition. New Media & Society.

Blight, M. B., Ruppel, E. K., & Schoenbauer, K. V. (2017). Sense of community on Twitter and Instagram: Exploring the roles of motives and parasocial relationships. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20, 314-319.

Ruppel, E. K., Gross, C., Stoll, A., Peck, B., Allen, M. R., & Kim, S. (2017). Reflecting on connecting: Meta-analysis of differences between mediated and face-to-face self-disclosure. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 22, 18-34.

Ruppel, E. K., Blight, M., Cherney, M., & Fylling, S. (2016). An exploratory investigation of communication technologies as a means to alleviate communicative difficulties and depression in older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 28, 600-620.

Ruppel, E. K. (2016). Scanning health information sources: Applying and extending the comprehensive model of information seeking. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 208-216.

Rains, S. A., & Ruppel, E. K. (2016). Channel complementarity theory in the health information-seeking process: Further investigating the implications of source characteristic complementarity. Communication Research, 43, 232-252.

Ruppel, E. K. (2015). The affordance utilization model: The role of affordances as relationships develop. Marriage & Family Review.

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Contact Information


PhD, Communication, University of Arizona

MA, Communication, University of Arizona

BA, Communication, University of the Pacific

Dissertation Title

The Affordance Utilization Model: The Role of Affordances as Relationships Develop

Courses Taught

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Communication Technologies
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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