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Jon F. Nussbaum

Jon F. Nussbaum

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences & Human Development and Family Studies

319 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-3619

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  1. B.A., Marquette University, 1976
  2. M.A., West Virginia University, 1978
  3. Ph.D., Purdue University, 1981


Research Activities and Interests

I specialize in the communicative behavior of individuals across the life span emphasizing older adults. I currently research how older adults achieve a high quality of life as they manage their family, friendship, and professional relationships encountered within the health care system. I have served as President of the International Communication Association, President of the International Society of Language and Social Psychology, editor of the Journal of Communication, appointed a Fulbright Scholar in the UK, am a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the American Psychological Association (Div. 20: Adult Development and Aging), and have directed 29 dissertations and served on over 120 dissertation committees across numerous disciplines.


  • Research Methods
  • Organizational Communication (undergraduate only)
  • Communication and Aging
  • Life Span Communication
  • Intergenerational Communication

Research Areas

  • Life Span Development
  • Gerontology
  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication

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Department of Communication Arts & Sciences faculty, graduate students, family members, and their dogs posing behind the left field foul pole during "Bark in the Park" night at a State College Spikes minor league baseball game, August 11, 2011.

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