Kelly McAninch, Ph.D.

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Kelly McAninch (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Communication. Her program of research seeks to illuminate how individuals manage conversations about difficult topics, particularly discussions between romantic partners about relationship issues.

Courses Taught

COM 101 (Introduction to Communication)

COM 252 (Introduction to Interpersonal Communication) 

COM 313 (Interpersonal Communication in Close Relationships)

COM 314 (The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication)

COM 317 (Communication in Family and Marital Relationships)

COM 452 (Advanced Studies in Interpersonal Communication)

COM 571 (Interpersonal Communication in Health Contexts)

CI 601 (Introduction to Graduate Studies) 

CI 631 (Graduate Proseminar in Interpersonal Communication)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Illinois - Urbana


Master of Arts, Univ Of Kentucky



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