Pitts, M. J., & Socha, T. (Eds.) (2013). Positive communication in health and wellness. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Socha, T., & Pitts, M. J. (Eds.) (2012). The positive side of interpersonal communication. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Selected Journal Articles
Pitts, M. J., Kenski, K., Smith, S., & Pavlich, C. (2017). Focus group discussions as sites for public deliberation and sensemaking following shared political documentary viewing. Journal of Public Deliberation, 13(2), article 6. https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol13/iss2/art6
Pitts, M. J. (2016). Sojourner reentry: A grounded elaboration of the integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation. Communication Monographs, on-line first, DOI: 10.1080/03637751.2015.1128557.
Pitts, M. J., & Brooks, C. (2016). Critical pedagogy, internationalisation, and a third space: Cultural tensions revealed in students’ discourse. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, on-line first, DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2015.1134553
Brooks, C., & Pitts, M. J. (2016). Communication and identity management in a globally-connected classroom: An online international and intercultural learning experience. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, on-line first, DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2016.1120849
Pitts, M. J., & Harwood, J. (2015). Communication accommodation competence: The nature and nurture of accommodative resources across the lifespan. Language and Communication, 41, 89-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2014.10.002
Smith, S. A., & Patmos, A., & Pitts, M. J. (2015). Communication and teleworking: A study of communication channel satisfaction, personality, and job satisfaction for teleworking employees. International Journal of Business Communication, on-line first, DOI: 10.1177/2329488415589101
Pitts, M. J., Fowler, C., Fisher, C., & Smith, S. A. (2014). Politeness strategies in imagined conversation openers about eldercare. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 33 (1), 29-48. DOI:10.1177/0261927X13506708
Fowler, C., Fisher, C., & Pitts, M. J. (2013). Older adults’ evaluations of middle-aged children’s attempts to initiate discussion of care needs. Health Communication, 29, 717-727. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2013.786278
Pitts, M. J., & Adams-Tufts, K. (2013). Implications of the Virginia human papillomavirus vaccine school requirement for parental vaccine acceptance. Qualitative Health Research, 23, 605-617. DOI: 10.1177/1049732312470871
Pitts, M. J. (2012). Practicing the Four Seasons of Ethnography methodology while searching for identity in Mexico. The Qualitative Report, 17 (Art. 79), 1-21.
Stewart, C. O., Pitts, M. J., & Osborne, H. L. (2011). Mediated intergroup conflict: The discursive construction of “Illegal Immigrants” in local news media in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30, 8-27.
St. John, B. III., Pitts, M. J., & Adams-Tufts, K. (2010). Disconnects between news framing and parental discourse concerning the state-mandated HPV vaccine: Implications for dialogic health communication and health literacy. Communication and Medicine, 7(1), 75-84.
Pitts, M. J. (2009). Identity and the role of expectations, stress, and talk in short-term sojourner adjustment: An application of the integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 33, 450-462.
Pitts, M. J., Raup-Krieger, J. L., Kundrat, A., & Nussbaum, J. F. (2009). Mapping the processes and patterns of family organ donation discussions: Conversational styles and strategies in live discourse. Health Communication, 24, 413-425.
Pitts, M. J., Fowler, C., Kaplan, M., Nussbaum, J., & Becker, J. (2009). Dialectical tensions underpinning family farm succession planning. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 37, 59-79.
Pitts, M. J., & Miller-Day, M. (2007). Upward turning points and positive rapport development across time in researcher-participant relationships. Qualitative Research, 7, 177-201.
Nussbaum, J. F., Pitts, M. J., Huber, F., Krieger, J. L., & Ohs, J. (2005). Ageism and ageist language across the life span: Intimate relationships and non-intimate interactions. Journal of Social Issues, 61 (2), 285-303.
Pitts, M. J., & Hummert, M. L. (2014). Life span communication methodology. In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed.), Handbook of life span communication (pp. 29-49). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Pitts, M. J. (2013). Qualitative field methods in communication. In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed), Readings in communication research methods: From theory to practice (pp. 137-148). San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Press.
Pitts, M. J., & Socha, T. J. (2013). Positive communication in creating healthy lives, healthy relationships, and healthy institutions. In M. J. Pitts & T. J. Socha (Eds.), Positive communication in health and wellness (pp. 1-24). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Socha, T. J. & Pitts, M. J. (2013). Coda: Apples and positive messages: Towards healthy communication habits and wellness. In M. J. Pitts & T. J. Socha (Eds.), Positive communication in health and wellness (pp. 299-304). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Socha, T. J., & Pitts, M. J. (2012). Coda: Positive interpersonal communication as child’s play. In. T. Socha & M. Pitts (Eds.), The positive side of interpersonal communication (pp. 323-324). Language as Social Action Series, Vol. 14). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Socha, T. J., & Pitts, M. J. (2012). Toward a conceptual foundation for positive interpersonal communication. In. T. Socha & M. Pitts (Eds.), The positive side of interpersonal communication (pp. 1-15). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Pitts, M. J. (2011). Dancing with the spirit: Communicating family norms for positive end-of-life transition. In M. Miller-Day (Ed.), Family communication, connections, and health transitions: Going through this together (pp. 377-404). New York: Peter Lang.
Pitts, M. J., & Giles, H. (2008). Social psychology and personal relationships: Accommodation and relational influence across time and contexts. In G. Antos & E. Ventola (Eds.) with T. Weber, Handbook of applied linguistics volume 2: Interpersonal communication (pp. 15-31). New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Pecchioni, L., Krieger, J. C., Sparks, L., Pitts, M. J., & Ota, H. (2008). Investigating cancer and ageing from a cultural perspective. In L. Sparks, H. D. O'Hair, & G. L. Kreps, (Eds.), Cancer communication and aging (pp. 239-257). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Jackson, R. L., Warren, J. R., Pitts, M. J., & Wilson, K. B. (2007). “It is not my responsibility to teach culture!": White graduate teaching assistants negotiating identity and pedagogy. In L. Cooks (Ed.), Whiteness, pedagogy, and performance. New York: Routledge.
Hecht, M., Jackson, R. L., & Pitts, M. J. (2005). Culture: Intersections of intergroup and identity theories. In J. Harwood, & H. Giles (Eds.). Intergroup communication: Multiple perspectives (pp. 21-42). New York: Peter Lang.
Pitts, M. J., Krieger, J. L., Nussbaum, J. F. (2005). Finding the right place: Social interaction and life transitions among the elderly. In E. Berlin-Ray (Ed.). Health Communication in Practice: A Case Study Approach, (pp. 233-242.) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Pitts, M. J., & Kundrat, A. K. (2004). Exploring social support and social identity among a multigenerational community of women. In Ng, S. H., Candlin, C. N., & Chin, C. Y. (Eds.) Language Matters: Communication, Identity, and Culture, (pp. 267-295). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.