Erin E Donovan


Erin E Donovan
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, College of Communication

Email: erindonovan@utexas.edu

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Dr. Donovan-Kicken specializes in interpersonal and health communication. Her research centers on the ways that people communicatively cope with major life stressors. The primary foci of her work involve the strategic management of sensitive information and difficult conversations, especially pertaining to health and illness. She is interested in the nuances of self-disclosure and topic avoidance, for example, how message features and people's perceptions of talk have implications for relationship satisfaction, uncertainty management, and health. Her current projects examine how communication with significant others, including loved ones and professionals, factors into how people navigate conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and depression.

Media Rep Contact

Nick Hundley (primary)
512-471-7209
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