Lisa Coutu, Principal Lecturer, specializes in the study of communication and culture, the ethnography of communication, and discourse analysis. In particular, her research interests involve the study of how groups’ ways of speaking are created and maintained within the context of coexisting and competing ways of speaking. She teaches undergraduate courses in language, culture, and communication, intercultural communication, and communication approaches to the study of war. She is the Associate Director of the UW Center for Local Strategies Research, and an Associate Director of the Communication Leadership program. She is a 2003 recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and a 2008 recipient of the UW Educational Outreach award for Teaching Excellence in Distance Learning.
Carmen Gonzalez
Valerie Manusov, Professor, has served as Chair for the Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association and for the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association. Professor Manusov teaches courses in Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication at the graduate and undergraduate level and leads the departmental honors program. She is the co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Nonverbal Communication, and the editor or co-editor of two other volumes. Her recent research focuses primarily on the ways in which nonverbal events are interpreted and how such discourse represents particular views about the nature of nonverbal communication, cultural values, relational quality, and other attributes. Currently, she is working on a research team investigating how mindfulness plays out in interpersonal relationships and serves on UW’s Graduate Council.
Katy Pearce
Kristina Scharp, Assistant Professor, researches processes and contexts that meet at the intersection of interpersonal, family, and health communication. Specifically, she is interested in difficult family transitions and the ways family members cope with their distress. Her work has been published in journals such as Communication ResearchHuman Communication Research and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships as well as has been featured in the popular press in outlets such as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and on NPR. She is currently working on various projects pertaining to relational distancing such as operationalizing parent-child estrangement, trying to better understand parents and children who distance themselves because of political differences, exploring the experience of LGBTQ adolescents who are rejected by their parents, and detailing the complications that result when one parent turns their child against another parent after divorce (i.e., parental alienation). Dr. Scharp also serves the discipline and university in a variety of ways such as Chairing the Interpersonal and Family Communication Division of CSCA and sitting on the Graduate Program Committee within the Department of Communication. You can find her teaching courses such as Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, and a variety of methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Current Graduate Students:

Joseph Whitt
Lauren Fine
Lisa Robles
Cheri Brown
Ben Compton