» Dr. Jennifer Bevan
Associate Professor, Health Communication M.S. Program, Core Faculty

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Jennifer Bevan
Director, Health and Strategic Communication Program
Office Location:
Doti Hall 209
Office Hours:
Spring 2015: Tue/Thu 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Wed. 1-3 p.m.
University of Delaware, Bachelor of Arts
University of Delaware, Master of Arts
The University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Speech Communication
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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 and core faculty member in the Health and Strategic Communication M.S. program. 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 center upon interpersonal and health communication within close relationships. Dr. Bevan’s research topics include the negotiation of difficult interactions such as ongoing conflict, jealousy, long-distance caregiving, 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 health communication theory.

Dr. Bevan's publications include approximately 40 peer-reviewed scholarly communication and biomedical articles and book chapters appearing in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Social Science and Medicine, Patient Education and Counseling, and Computers in Human Behavior. She was recognized by a November 2009 article in Communication Research Reports as one of the most prolific scholars in the field of communication studies. Her first book, entitled The Communication of Jealousy, was published in early 2013 by Peter Lang Press as part of their Language and Social Action series.

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. Bevan has also been awarded numerous top student paper and top four paper awards in health and interpersonal communication at national and regional communication conventions. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Personal Relationships and the Western Journal of Communication, and is the co-editor of the journal Contemporary Argumentation and Debate with Dr. Gordon Stables at the University of Southern California.




Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Bevan, J. L., & Sparks, L. (2014). The relationship between accurate and benevolently biased serial argument perceptions and individual negative health perceptions. Communication Research, 41, 257-281.
Bevan, J. L., Ang, P. C., & Fearns, J. B. (2014). Being unfriended on Facebook: An application of Expectancy Violation Theory. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 171-178.
Bevan, J. L., Sparks, L., Ernst, J., Francies, J., & Santora, N. (2013). Information sources in relation to information quality, information-seeking, and uncertainty in the context of healthcare reform. In R. Ahmed & B. R. Bates (Eds.), Health Communication and Mass Media: An Integrated Approach to Policy and Practice. Farnham, UK: Gower Publishers.
Bevan, J. L. (2013). The communication of jealousy. Language as Social Action series, vol. 15, H. Giles (ed.). New York: Peter Lang.
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)
Hicks, A., Comp, S., Horovitz, J., Hovarter, M., Miki, M., & Bevan, J. L. (2012). Why people use Yelp.com: An exploration of uses and gratifications. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 2274-2279.
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.