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

School of Communication; Communication Studies
Dr. Jennifer Bevan
Director, Health and Strategic Communication Program
Office Location:
Doti Hall 209
Office Hours:
T/TH 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Delaware, Bachelor of Arts
University of Delaware, Master of Arts
The University of Georgia, Ph.D.
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Dr. Jennifer L. Bevan (B.A., M.A., University of Delaware, Ph.D.; University of Georgia) is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Director of 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, health communication theory, nonverbal communication, and conflict.

Dr. Bevan's publications include over 50 peer-reviewed or invited scholarly communication and biomedical articles and book chapters appearing in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Health Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior. She was recognized by a November 2009 study in Communication Research Reports as one of the most prolific scholars in the field of communication studies.  She is also a 2014 Valerie Scudder Award winner, which is Chapman University’s top faculty “all-around” award for teaching, research, and service.

Her first book, The Communication of Jealousy (2013, published by Peter Lang) was awarded the 2014 Diamond Anniversary Book Award by the National Communication Association (NCA), the 2014 Gerald R. Miller Book Award by the Interpersonal Communication Division of NCA, and the 2013 Outstanding Book Award by NCA’s Communication and Social Cognition Division. 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, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, and is the Editor of the journal Communication Reports, published by the Western States Communication Association.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Bevan, J. L., Cummings, M. B., Engert, M. L., & Sparks, L. (2016). Serial argument perceived resolvability, goals, rumination and conflict strategy usage: A preliminary longitudinal study. In J. A. Samp (Ed.), Communicating Interpersonal Conflict in Close Relationships: Contexts, Challenges, and Opportunities (pp. 128-143). New York, NY: Routledge.
Bevan, J. L., & Waldeck, J. H. (2015). Managing conflict in the peer tutoring context. In W. Atkins-Sayre & E. L. Yook (Eds.), Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice (pp. 67-85). New York: Peter Lang.
Bevan, J. L. (2015). Jealousy in interpersonal communication. In C. R. Berger & M. E. Roloff (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication (pp. 1-9). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bevan, J. L., Galvan, J., Villasenor, J., & Henkin, J. (2016). “You’ve been on my mind ever since”: A content analysis of expressions of interpersonal attraction in Craigslist.org’s Missed Connections posts. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 18-24.
Denes, A., Lannutti, P. J., & Bevan, J. L. (2015). Same-sex infidelity in heterosexual romantic relationships: Investigating jealousy-related emotions, relational outcomes, and communicative responses. Personal Relationships, 22, 414-430.
Bevan, J. L. (2015). Introduction to the special issue on 30 years of research on serial argument in interpersonal relationships. Argumentation and Advocacy, 52, 1-6.
Bevan, J. L., Cummings, M. B., Kubiniec, A., Mogannam, M., Price, M., & Todd, R. (2015). How are important life events disclosed on Facebook? Relationships with likelihood of sharing and privacy. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18, 8-12.
Bevan, J. L., Della Ripa, A., Boulger, A., Tuazon, A., Simmons, C., & Levine, D. (2014). An exploration of the extent to which serial argument thoughts and behaviors are relationally disturbing. In C. Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing Argument: Selected Works from the 18th NCA/AFA ALTA Conference on Argumentation (pp. 129-135). Philadelphia: Routledge.
Bevan, J. L., Hefner, V., & Love, A. (2014). An exploration of topics, conflict styles, and rumination in romantic non-serial versus serial arguments. Southern Communication Journal, 79, 347-360.
Bevan, J. L., Gomez, R., & Sparks, L. (2014). Disclosures about important life events on Facebook: Relationships with stress and quality of life. Computers in Human Behavior, 39, 246-253.
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. (2014). Dyadic perceptions of goals, conflict strategies, and perceived resolvability in serial arguments. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 773-795.
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.