Overview

  • Dr. Beck's research and teaching agenda blends interpersonal, lifespan, family, and professional communication. His particular expertise is centered on fostering resilience and hope in relational contexts, as well as emerging methodologies to capture contributions across time. He is the co-editor of "Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan" (with Dr. Tom Socha, Peter Lang).
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2017 Memorable Messages as Sources of HopeCommunication Quarterly. 456-480.
    2016 Surviving Involuntary Unemployment Together: The Role of Resilience-Promoting Communication in Familial and Committed RelationshipsJournal of Family Communication. 369-385.
    2015 Positive Interpersonal Communication and Human Needs: A Review and Proposed Organizing Conceptual FrameworkReview of Communication.
    2011 On-again/off-again dating relationships: what keeps partners coming back?The Journal of Social Psychology. 417-440.
    2009 On-again/off-again dating relationships: How are they different from other dating relationships?Personal Relationships. 23-47.
    2006 Contamination and camouflage in euphemismsCommunication Monographs. 261-282.

    Chapters

    Year Title
    2015 Early and Late Career Employment Transitions: Hope and Resilience into the UnknownCommunicating Hope and Resilience across the Lifespan. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc..
    2015 Embracing the insights of “Murphy”: New frontiers of communication, hope, and resilience across the lifespanCommunicating Hope and Resilience across the Lifespan. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc..
    2007 Intimacy and Fear of IntimacyHandbook of Low-cost Interventions to Promote Physical and Mental Health: Theory, Research, and Practice. Springer.

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Beck's research examines how communication is utilized in romantic and family relationships to help manage life stressors (i.e., job loss, serious health concerns, relational infidelities). His research program addressing this interest focuses on communication behaviors that contribute to interpersonal resilience. He has been involved in dating and marriage grant-funded lab work, as well as multi-method examinations of relationships over time. Dr. Beck is the co-editor of "Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan" (with Dr. Tom Socha, Peter Lang). He is also author of two book chapters, as well as articles in nationally ranked journals such as Communication Monographs, Personal Relationships, and Journal of Social Psychology. He has received top paper honors from the International Communication Association, and presented his research at numerious other national and international conferences.
  • Keywords

  • Communication : Health Communication, Resilience, Hope, Positive Communication, Interpersonal, Family, Relationships, Wellness, ePortfolios
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin 2010
  • M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, University of Rhode Island 2004
  • B.A. in American History, University of Rhode Island 2001
  • Full Name

  • Gary Beck