WSCA 2015 Top Awards and Recognitions

Hugh Downs School faculty and doctoral students received top paper awards and recognitions at the 86th annual Western States Communication Association convention in Spokane, Washington on February 20-24, 2015.

Paul Mongeau, professor and associate director, assumed the position of President of WSCA at the 2015 convention, also serving as the Primary Program Planner for the convention. This year's theme was "Accentuate the Positive."

The Western States Communication Association’s purpose is to unite people in the Western States who have an academic, lay or professional interest in communication and who want to promote their mutual educational interests. WSCA includes members from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii as well as from the other 37 states and other countries.

Top papers and awards:
Kory Floyd, professor
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
Affection Deprivation is Associated With Physical Pain and Poor Sleep Quality
2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award Recipient
Relational and Health Correlates of Affection Deprivation (WJC, 78, 383-403)

Bradley Adame, professor
Top Four Paper in Health Communication
Health Communication Interest Group
Accentuating the Positive in a Zombie Apocalypse: An Experimental Test of the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Campaign

Lisa van Raalte, doctoral student
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
The “Dos and Don’ts” of Friends With Benefits Relationships: A Dialectical Analysis of Relational Rules

Lori Bednarchik, doctoral student
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
The “Dos and Don’ts” of Friends With Benefits Relationships: A Dialectical Analysis of Relational Rules

Mark Alan Generous, doctoral student
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
The “Dos and Don’ts” of Friends With Benefits Relationships: A Dialectical Analysis of Relational Rules

View a complete listing of all papers and presentations.