Elizabeth Dorrance Hall Ph.D.

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall

Assistant Professor

  • Communication


Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University. Elizabeth's research focuses on communication processes in close relationships, especially in the context of family. 

Elizabeth has applied and extended interpersonal and family communication theories (e.g., family communication patterns theory (FCP), confirmation theory) to explore how family communication and support are associated with young adults’ academic, relational, and psychological well-being. Other current projects focus on changes in perceptions of family member marginalization over the life course and women's experiences in "traditionally male" career fields. 

Recent publications: 

Dorrance Hall, E., McNallie, J., Custers, K., Timmermans, E., Wilson, S., & Van den Bulck, J. (2017). A cross-cultural examination of the mediated role of social support and talking with parents on the relationship between family communication patterns and first-year college student academic and social adjustment in the United States and Belgium. Communication Research. doi: 10.1177/0093650216657755

Dorrance Hall, E. (online first). The communicative process of resilience for marginalized family members. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407516683838

Dorrance Hall, E. (online first). The process of family member marginalization: Turning points experienced by "black sheep." Personal Relationshipsdoi: 10.1111/pere.12196


COM 225: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 

COM 425: Advanced Interpersonal Communication



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