Laura Stafford, Ph.D.
Position: Director and Professor
Phone: 419-372-8349 Fax: 419-372-0202
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.
Select representative publications include:
Stafford, L., David, P., & McPhearson. S. (in press). Sanctity of marriage and marital quality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Stafford, L. (2013). Family communication in middle childhood. In A.Vangelisti (Ed.), The handbook of family communication (2nd ed., pp. 250-276). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Stafford, L. (2011). Measuring relationship maintenance behaviors: Critique and development of the revised relationship maintenance behaviors scale. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 278-303.
Stafford, L. (2010). Geographic distance and communication during courtship. Communication Research, 3, 275-297.
Stafford, L. (2005). Maintaining long-distance and cross-residential relationships. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
M.A. University of Texas at Austin