Dr. Katheryn Maguire


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Katheryn C. Maguire is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication here at Wayne State University. Her research centers on how individuals use communication to maintain relationships and cope with stressful situations in both distanced and face-to-face contexts. In 2016, she joined a research team to examine how couples cope with work-family conflict. Katheryn also studies the role of computer-mediated interactions in long-distance relationships, with a particular interest in how perceptions of social presence facilitate the accomplishment of both individual and relational goals. Katheryn enjoys teaching and discussing communication concepts with graduate and undergraduate students. She describes her teaching style as an "organized conversation," frequently inviting student input on the day's topic. She has taught a number of different classes, including Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Nonverbal Communication, and Communication Theory. She is author of the book, Stress and Coping in Families, and has published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When not teaching or researching, Katheryn enjoys spending time with her partner, Ron, and daughter, Katelyn.

To read some media coverage of her work, please visit the following websites:

April 2020, Parents.com, How to be an effective listener for your child

April 2020, BBC.com, How to maintain relationships in self-isolation.

July, 2015. MentalFloss.com. What Science Has to Say About Long-Distance Relationships. 

September, 2013. Deadline Now. Helping returning veterans and their families. Aired on September 27, 2013, WGTE Toledo, Ohio. 

October, 2012. Times of India and Pune Mirror. India. Commuter love may not be for all couples.  

January 2011. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. At home in Northeast Ohio, soldiers’ families feel the stress of war in the Middle East. Topic: Stress and coping in military families.  

June 2010. Lovingyou.com. Scottsdale, AZ. 5 essentials for a successful LDR. Topic: Maintaining long distance relationships.  

February 2010. The war over here: Deployments and military family communication. Communication Currents, 5(1). 

December 2006. Women’s Health Magazine. New York. Long Distance Love. Topic: Maintaining long distance relationships.   

Academic Interests

Relational and Family Communication, Stress and Coping, Work-Family Conflict, Long Distance Relating, Dark Side Issues in Interpersonal Communication, Relationship Maintenance, Mediated Interaction (Computer and otherwise)

Awards & Honors


Co-Principal Investigator, NSF RAPID Grant (#2031726), Work, Family, and Social Well-being among Couples in the Context of COVID-19


Recipient, Graduate Student Association Mentorship Award, Wayne State University


Recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Article Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association for the co-authored publication entitled, Contradictions and praxis contextualized by wartime deployment: The wives’ perspective revealed through relational dialectics.

Recipient, President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to teaching at Wayne State University.


Recipient of the Laurel Award for Departmental Service, presented by the Department of Communication, Wayne State University.


Top paper panel, Communication Education Interest Group, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI. Paper: Instructor engagement:

Converging the past, present, and future of instructor-student communication in on-line education


Recipient of the 2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award, sponsored by the Western States Communication Association, for the lead-authored publication entitled, “To be so connected, yet not at all:” Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment. This association-wise award recognizes the peer-reviewed article in each volume of Western Journal of Communication that makes the most significant contribution to communication scholarship.

Top paper panel, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN. Paper: A qualitative examination of family communication patterns and lesbian, gay, and bisexual gender identity development.


Recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Article Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association for the co-authored publication entitled, Hurtful family environments: Links with individual and relationship variables.

Recipient (with Hayg Oshagan), Faculty Summer Research Support ($5000), Department of Communication, Wayne State University (2013). Project: Families without borders: The maintenance of transnational family relationships.

Invited to attend the 2013 International Research Symposium, Indianapolis, IN (an invitation-only event for scholars currently working on military family research).

Degrees and Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Communication), University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Master of Arts (Communication), University of North Texas, 1997

Bachelor of Science (Speech Communication), University of Texas at Austin, 1992;

Completion of Secondary Teacher’s Certification Program, 1993

Recent Publications

Maguire, K. (2012). Stress and Coping in Families. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
Journal Articles (select)  

Montazer, S., Brumley, K. M., & Maguire, K. (2020). Overnight work-travel, work-to-family conflict, and psychological distress. The Social Science Journal. doi: 10.1080/03623319.2020.1756175

Barakji, F., Maguire, K. C., Reiss, H., Gaule, J., Smith, N., Pelliccio, L., Sellnow-Richmond, S., Jeon, J., & Oshagan, J. (2018). Cultural and transnational influences on the use of information communication technologies in adult long distance family relationships: An extension of Media Multiplexity Theory. Journal of Family Communication. doi:10.1080/15267431.2018.1530675

Maguire, K. C., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. (2015). Communication and the coping paradox: The case of Army Spouses and Wartime Deployment. Southern Journal of Communication, 80, 342-354. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2015.1081973.

Sellnow-Richmond, S. A., Maguire, K. C., Bolen, D. M., Hartshorn, L., & Millard, M. (2015). A qualitative examination of family communication patterns and lesbian, gay, and bisexual gender identity development. Iowa Journal of Communication, 47(1), 50-72.

Sahlstein Parcell, E., & Maguire, K. C. (2014). Comfort, cliques, and clashes: The dilemmas that Army wives face when interacting within a family readiness group during wartime. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 497-515. doi: 10.1177/0265407514521766



comm.wayne.edu/covid19_research/jfc_special_issue_covid_19.pdf Co-Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Family Communication: COVID-19 and Family Communication (deadline: November 1, 2020

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

  • COM 8170 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 7810 Seminar in Instructional Communication Education
  • COM 7410 Communication Theories
  • COM 7360 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COM 7430 Interviewing
  • COM 7155 Interpersonal Communication Theory
  • COM 7010 Special Topics: Relational and Family Communication
  • COM 7000 Introduction to M.A. Studies in Communication
  • COM 6170 Principles of Interpersonal Communication

Undergraduate Courses

  • COM 5900 Senior Project in Communication Studies
  • COM 5190 Senior Seminar in Communication Studies. Topic: Stress and Coping in Relationships
  • COM 4210 Introduction to Research Methods
  • COM 4180 Family Communication
  • COM 3400 Theories of Communication
  • COM 4200/3200 Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 2200 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 2000 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COM 1010 Oral Communication: Basic Speech