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Kelly Rossetto

Assistant ProfessorKelly Rossetto
Office: C-206
Phone: (208) 426-1904
Office Hours:  M 11:45 am – 12:45 pm, W 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, by appointment

Spring 2017 Courses

COMM 302 Research Methods
COMM 481 Studies in Interpersonal Comm

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Kelly holds a Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. (2005) from the University of Montana, and a B.A. (2001) from the University of California, Davis. Since earning her degrees, Dr. Rossetto has enjoyed teaching courses in interpersonal and family communication, stress and coping in relationships, and research methods. Her research centers on how families navigate stressful events, online and face-to-face, through meaning making, coping and support. Specifically, she evaluates the enactment, functions and paradoxes of coping and support, along with how these social processes influence reactions to stressful events including military deployment and bereavement. Overall, Dr. Rossetto connects supportive, family and mediated communication literatures and advances theory and practice surrounding communicative resilience processes. She utilizes a variety of methods, but her particular expertise and interest lies in qualitative research and the potential benefits it may have for participants. You can find Dr. Rossetto’s work published in various journals, including Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Communication, and Western Journal of Communication. She has also been cited in Newsweek, Psychology Today, and other local news outlets.