Melissa McNelis

About Melissa McNelis

Melissa (M.A.) is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching associate with experience in teaching both traditional and online courses in a variety of introductory, specialty, and required courses at multiple levels. She applies communication theories and concepts to students’ professional and personal lives in a range of topics including public relations, organizations, groups, interpersonal relationships, communication theory, and public speaking. Melissa’s research interests and publications have focused on interpersonal communication processes and psychosocial factors. She is currently conducting research that focuses on the role of communication in romantic relationships regarding turning points or union transitions in the life course by comparing “gray” divorce cohorts to younger cohorts with varied marital biographies.

Projects

Conference Papers & Presentations:

McNelis, M. (2016 & 2015, August). Effective listening. Presentation given at the annual meeting for Psychology honors undergraduates who serve as peer mentors. The University of Arizona.

McNelis, M. (2015, November). Celebrity magazine cover headlines: A content analysis comparing gender, infidelity, and dominant thematic frames. Paper will be presented in the Mass Communication Division at the annual meeting of The National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Segrin, C., McNelis, M., Swiatkowski, P. (2015, November). Social skills, social support, and psychological distress: A test of the social skills deficit vulnerability model. Paper will be presented in the Interpersonal Communication Division at the annual meeting of The National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Segrin, C., McNelis, M., Swiatkowski, P. (2015, November). Social support indirectly effects problem drinking through reduced psychological distress. Paper will be presented in the Health Communication Division at the annual meeting of The National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Interpersonal Theory

Selected Publications

Segrin, C., McNelis, M., Swiatkowski, P. (2016). Social skills, social support, and psychological distress: A test of the social skills deficit vulnerability model. Human Communication Research. 42, 122-137.

Segrin, C., McNelis, M., Swiatkowski, P. (2016). Social support indirectly effects problem drinking through reduced psychological distress. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 608-615.

Badger, T., Segrin, C., Swiatkowski, P., McNelis, M., Weihs, K., Lopez, A. (2016). Why Latinas with breast cancer select specific informal caregivers to participate with them in psychosocial interventions. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1043659616656391

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Contact Information

Melissa McNelis
Graduate Teaching Associate
Telephone: (520) 626-0183
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 103C

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D. The University of Arizona (May 2017)
  • M.A. Auburn University (Spring 2013)
  • B.A. James Madison University (Spring 2011)

          

Dissertation Title

Exploring Gray Divorce Through Attachment, Communication, and Repartnering

Courses Taught

  • COMM 313: Communication & Public Relations Instructor, Fall 2016
  • COMM 313: Communication & Public Relations Instructor (online), Summer 2016
  • COMM 312: Applied Organizational Communication Instructor, Spring 2016
  • COMM 300: Communication Theory Instructor, Fall 2015
  • COMM 313: Communication and Public Relations Instructor (online), Summer 2015
  • COMM 114: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Instructor, Spring 2015           
  • COMM 113: Introduction to Small Group Communication Instructor, Spring 2014 & Fall 2014
  • COMM 300: Communication Theory Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences