Laura Stafford, Ph.D.


Position: Director and Professor
Phone: 419-372-8349
Address: 306A Kuhlin Center


Dr. Stafford serves as the director for the School of Media and Communication. She joined BGSU in 2013. Her teaching and research interests are in interpersonal communication. More specifically she has focused on relational maintenance and long-distance relationships. She is a past chair of the Interpersonal Divisions of both the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. She is also a past editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.   

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
M.A. University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught:

Interpersonal Communication
Relational Communication
Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

Select Representative Works:

Scott, A.M., & Stafford, L. (2018). An investigation of relational turbulence and depressive symptoms in newly married women. Personal Relationships, 25(2), 22-37.

Stafford, L., & Scott, A.M. (2016). Blue brides: Exploring postnuptial depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Issues, 37(15), 2213-2231.