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Denise Haunani Solomon

Denise Haunani Solomon

Head and Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Advisor for the Dispute Management and Resolution Minor

317 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 865-5232

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Education:

  1. B.A., Lewis & Clark College, 1987
  2. M.A., Northwestern University, 1990
  3. Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992

Biography:

Denise Solomon is a communication scientist with expertise in the area of interpersonal communication.  Her research focuses on communication experiences in personal relationships, such as support and conflict, that enhance or erode well-being.  Professor Solomon developed the relational turbulence model, which describes how transitions in romantic relationships promote relationship qualities that polarize cognitive, emotional, and communicative reactions to both ordinary and extraordinary experiences.  The relational turbulence model has been used to gain insight into how people experience breast cancer survivorship, cope with infertility, and navigate post-deployment military family life.  Professor Solomon teaches courses on interpersonal communication (CAS 203; CAS 555), conflict resolution (CAS 404), communication in personal relationships (CAS 556), and theory construction (CAS 560).   She is author, along with Jennifer Theiss, of the textbook Interpersonal Communication: Putting Theory into Practice.  In 2012, she received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the International Association for Relationship Research.