Dr. Jennifer Bevan
Associate Professor, Health Communication M.S. Program, Core Faculty
- Doti Hall 209
- Office Hours:
- Tue 10-1; Thu. 10-1
- University of Delaware, Bachelor of Arts
University of Delaware, Master of Arts
The University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Speech Communication
Dr. Jennifer L. Bevan (B.A., M.A., University of Delaware, Ph.D.; University of Georgia) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Before joining Chapman University in 2007, she served on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at the University of Southern California.
Her research and teaching interests centers upon interpersonal and healthy communication within close relationships. Specific research topics include the negotiation of difficult interactions such as ongoing conflict, jealousy, sexual resistance, uncertainty, and topic avoidance, as well as related psychological and physical health correlates of these experiences. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, conflict, empirical research methods and communication theory.
Dr. Bevan's publications include over 15 peer-reviewed scholarly communication and biomedical articles appearing in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Argumentation and Advocacy, Social Science and Medicine, Communication Quarterly, Patient Education and Counseling, Communication Studies, and Genetics in Medicine. Her dissertation, "Intrapersonal Consequences of Another's Jealousy Expression: Toward a Reaction Model of Jealousy in Close Relationships" received the 2003 Interpersonal Communication Division Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association. Dr. Beven has also been awarded numerous top student paper and top four paper awards in health and interpersonal communication at national and regional communication conventions and she currently serves on the editorial boards of Personal Relationships, Communication Research Reports, and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Sparks, L., Rogers, K. E., & Bevan. J. L. (2012). An intergroup communication approach to understanding the function of compliance, outgroup typicality, and honest explanations in distance caregiving relationships: Validation of a health care communication scale. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 5, 12-22.
Mirkiani Thompson, N., Bevan, J. L., & Sparks, L. (2012). Healthcare reform information-seeking: Relationships with uncertainty, uncertainty discrepancy, and health self-efficacy. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 5, 56-66.
Bevan, J. L., Pfyl, J., & Barclay, B. (2012). Negative emotional and cognitive responses to being unfriended on Facebook: An exploratory study. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 1458-1464.
Bevan, J. L., Rogers, K. E., Andrews, N. F., & Sparks, L. (2012). Topic avoidance and negative health perceptions in the distant caregiving context. Journal of Family Communication, 12, 300-314.
Bevan, J. L., Vreeburg, S., Verdugo, S., & Sparks, L. (2012). Interpersonal conflict and health perceptions in long-distance caregiving relationships. Journal of Health Communication, 17, 747-761. (Lead article)
Bevan, J. L., Jupin, A. M., & Sparks, L. (2011). Information quality, uncertainty, and quality of care in long-distance caregiving. Communication Research Reports, 28, 190-195.
Hum, N. J., Chamberlin, P. E., Hambright, B. L., Portwood, A. C., Schat, A. C., & Bevan, J. L. (2011). A picture is worth a thousand words: A content analysis of Facebook profile photographs. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1828-1833.
Bevan, J. L., & Sparks, L. (2011). Communication in the context of long-distance family caregiving: An integrated review and practical applications. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 26-30.
Bevan, J. L. (2011). The consequence model of partner jealousy expression: Elaboration and refinement. Western Journal of Communication, 75, 523-540.
Bevan, J. L. (2010). Serial argument goals and conflict strategies: A comparison between romantic partners and family members. Communication Reports, 23, 52-64.
Bevan, J. L. (2009). Interpersonal communication apprehension, topic avoidance, and the experience of irritable bowel syndrome. Personal Relationships, 16, 147-165.
Bevan, J. L., & Tidgewell, K. D. (2009). Relational uncertainty as a consequence of partner jealousy expression. Communication Studies, 60, 305-323.