Kory Floyd

About Kory Floyd

Kory Floyd's research focuses on the communication of affection in close relationships and its effects on stress and physiological functioning. He has written 15 books and over 100 scientific papers and book chapters, and has served as editor-in-chief of Communication Monographs and the Journal of Family Communication. His work has been recognized with both the Charles H. Woolbert award and the Bernard J. Brommel award from the National Communication Association, as well as the Early Career Achievement award from the International Association for Relationship Research. A native of Seattle, Professor Floyd received his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, his masters degree from the University of Washington, and his PhD from the University of Arizona.


Genetic antecedents of affectionate tendencies and empathic abilities; moderating effects of affectionate behavior on pain and stress; communicative components of loneliness

Research Interests

  • Health communication
  • Psychophysiology
  • Family Communication
  • Affection

Selected Publications

Floyd, K. (in press). Affectionate communication in close relationships. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Floyd, K., & Morman, M. T. (Eds.). (2014). Widening the family circle: New research on family communication (2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Floyd, K. (2017). Communication matters (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Floyd, K., Generous, M. A., Clark, L., McLeod, I., & Simon, A. (2017). Cumulative risk on the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) predicts empathic communication by physician assistant students. Health Communication, 32, 1210-1216.

Floyd, K., Veksler, A. E., McEwan, B., Hesse, C., Boren, J. P., Dinsmore, D. R., & Pavlich, C. A. (2017). Social inclusion predicts lower blood glucose and low-density lipoproteins in healthy adults. Health Communication, 32, 1039-1042.

Floyd, K. (2016). Affection deprivation is associated with physical pain and poor sleep quality. Communication Studies, 67, 379-398.

Floyd, K., & Denes, A. (2015). Attachment security and oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism interact to influence affectionate communication. Communication Quarterly, 63, 272-285.

Floyd, K. (2014). Relational and health correlates of affection deprivation. Western Journal of Communication, 78, 383-403.

Floyd, K. (2014). Humans are people, too: Nurturing an appreciation for nature in communication research. Review of Communication Research, 2(1), 1-29.

Floyd, K. (2017). Interpersonal communication (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Floyd, K., Pauley, P. M., & Hesse, C. (2010). State and trait affectionate communication buffer adults’ stress reactions. Communication Monographs, 77, 618-636.

Beatty, M. J., McCroskey, J. C., & Floyd, K. (Eds.). (2009). Biological dimensions of communication: Perspectives, methods, and research. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Floyd, K., & Riforgiate, S. (2008). Affectionate communication received from spouses predicts stress hormone levels in healthy adults. Communication Monographs, 75, 351-368.

Floyd, K., Mikkelson, A. C., Tafoya, M. A., Farinelli, L., La Valley, A. G., Judd, J., Haynes, M. T., Davis, K. L., & Wilson, J. (2007). Human affection exchange: XIII. Affectionate communication accelerates neuroendocrine stress recovery. Health Communication, 22, 123-132.

Floyd, K., Mikkelson, A. C., Hesse, C., & Pauley, P. M. (2007). Affectionate writing reduces total cholesterol: Two randomized, controlled trials. Human Communication Research, 33, 119-142.

Floyd, K. (2006). Communicating affection: Interpersonal behavior and social context. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Floyd, K. (2006). Human affection exchange: XII. Affectionate communication is associated with diurnal variation in salivary free cortisol. Western Journal of Communication, 70, 47-63.

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Contact Information

Kory Floyd
Telephone: (520) 621-8236
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 321
Office Hours: M/W 10:00-11:00 am

Courses Taught

  • Health Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Relational Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Communication of Emotion
  • Experimental Methods
  • Statistical Analysis

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