Laura Guerrero

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1205

Biography

Laura K. Guerrero studies communication in close relationships, with a special emphasis on emotional and nonverbal communication. Her research focuses on how communication affects relationships in positive and negative ways. She has studied how people communicate intimacy and forgiveness as ways to keep relationships healthy. She has also looked at how people communicate in situations where they are jealous, hurt, or angry. In these situations, certain forms of communication can enhance understanding and improve relationships, whereas other forms of communication can make problems worse.

Dr. Guerrero has published over 100 articles and chapters on these topics and has received several research awards.  She has created questionnaires that measure communicative responses to jealousy, conflict styles, and attachment styles. She has also developed an observational technique for coding behaviors showing nonverbal intimacy from videotapes.

Education

Ph.D. - Communication; University of Arizona

M.A. - Communication; San Diego University

B.A. - Communication & Marketing; San Diego University

Research Interests

relational communication, nonverbal communication, emotion

Publications

  • Guerrero, Laura, Andersen, P A, Afifi, W A. Close encounters: Communication in relationships. (2011).
  • Georgakopoulos, A., & Guerrero, L. K. Student perceptions of teachers’ nonverbal and verbal communication: A comparison of best and worst professors across six cultures. International Education Studies (2010).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Bachman, G. F. Forgiveness and forgiving communication: An expectancy-investment explanation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2010).
  • McEwan, B., & Guerrero, L. K. Communication skills as predictors of friendship formation strategies and rewarding social networks among college freshmen. Communication Studies (2010).
  • Burgoon, J. K., Guerrero, L. K., & Floyd, K. Nonverbal Communication. (2010).
  • Burgoon, J. K., Floyd, K., & Guerrero, L. K. Nonverbal communication theories of adaptation. The New SAGE Handbook of Communication Science (2010).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Expectation States Theory. Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Making thoughtful choices in nonverbal research. The American Journal of Psychology (2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K., Farinelli, L., & McEwan, B. Attachment and relational satisfaction: The mediating effect of emotional communication. Communication Monographs (2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Farinelli, L. Key characteristics of messages: The interplay of verbal and nonverbal codes. 21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook (2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Farinelli, L. Key characteristics of messages: The interplay of verbal and nonverbal codes. 21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook (2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Expectancy violation. The international encyclopedia of communication (2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Gestures and Kinesics. The international encyclopedia of communication (edited by W. Donsbach) (2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Proxemics. The international encyclopedia of communication (edited by W. Donsbach) (2008).
  • F Christopher, J. Pflieger, Daniel Canary, Laura Guerrero, A. & Holzworth-Munroe. Targeted Neighborhood Sampling: A New Approach for Recruiting Abusive Couples. Journal of Family Violence (2008).
  • Laura Guerrero, G Bachman. Communication following relational transgressions in dating relationships: An investment model explanation. Southern Communication Journal (Special issue on Communication and Commitment) (2008).
  • Laura K. Guerrero, Angela G. La Valley, and Lisa Farinelli. The experience and expression of anger, guilt, and sadness in marriage: An equity theory explanation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2008).
  • Guerrero. L. K., & Hecht, M. L. The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings. (2008).
  • Andersen, P. A., & Guerrero, L. K. Expressing and Managing Emotion with Nonverbal Communication. The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2008).
  • Andersen, P. A., & Guerrero, L. K. Haptic behavior in social interaction. Human Haptic Perception (2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Attachment theory: A communication perspective. Engaging theory in interpersonal communication (2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Andersen, P. A. Public Touch Behavior in Romantic Relationships between Men and Women. The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Hecht, M. L. Perspectives on defining and understanding nonverbal communication. The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Mongeau, P. On becoming "more than friends": The transition from friendship to romantic relationship. The handbook of relationship initiation (2008).
  • Hecht, M. L., & Guerrero, L. K. Perspectives on Nonverbal Research Methods. The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2008).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Andersen, P A, Afifi, W A. Close encounters: Communication in relationships. (2007).
  • G Bachman, Laura Guerrero. An expectancy violations analysis of relational quality and communicative responses following hurtful events in dating relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2006).
  • G Bachman, Laura Guerrero. Forgiveness, apology, and communicative responses to hurtful events. Communication Reports (2006).
  • Laura Guerrero, G Bachman. Associations among relational maintenance behaviors, attachment-style categories, and attachment dimensions. Communication Studies (2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Floyd, K. Nonverbal communication in close relationships. (2006).
  • Andersen, P A,Guerrero, Laura,Jones, S M. Nonverbal behavior in intimate interaction and intimate relationships. Handbook of nonverbal communication (2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura (Author) ,La Valley, A (Author) . Conflict, emotion, and communication. Handbook of communication and conflict (2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura (Author) ,La Valley, A (Author) . Conflict, emotion, and communication. Handbook of communication and conflict (2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura,Jones, S M,Boburka, R R. Sex differences in emotional communication. Sex differences and similarities in communication (2006).
  • Laura Guerrero, A Chavez. Relational maintenance in cross-sex friendships characterized by different types of romantic intent: An exploratory study. Western Journal of Communication (2005).
  • Laura Guerrero, M Trost, S Yoshimura. Emotion and communication in the context of romantic jealousy. Personal Relationships (2005).
  • Laura Guerrero, S Jones. Differences in conversational skills as a function of attachment style: A follow-up study. Communication Quarterly (2005).
  • M Gross, Laura Guerrero, J Alberts. Perceptions of conflict strategies and communication competence in task-oriented dyads. Journal of Applied Communication Research (2004).
  • . . Review of: The Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills (2004).
  • Andersen, P A,Guerrero, Laura. Measuring live tactile interaction: The body chart approach. The sourcebook of nonverbal measures: Going beyond words (2004).
  • Guerrero, Laura. Observer ratings of nonverbal involvement and immediacy. The Sourcebook of Nonverbal Measures: Going beyond words (2004).
  • Guerrero, Laura,Le Poire, B A. Confederate manipulations of nonverbal behavi. The sourcebook of nonverbal measures: Going beyond words (2004).
  • Guerrero, Laura,Spitzberg, B H,Yoshimura, S M. Sexual and emotional jealousy. The handbook of sexuality in close relationships (2004).
  • Laura Guerrero, S Jones. Differences in one's own and one's partner's perceptions of social skills as a function of attachment style. Communication Quarterly (2003).
  • J Lee, Laura Guerrero. Types of touch in cross-sex relationships between coworkers: Perceptions of relational and emotional messages, inappropriateness, and sexual harassment. Journal of Applied Communication Research (2001).
  • Laura Guerrero. Jealousy, communication, and attachment style. Directions in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (2001).
  • S Jones, Laura Guerrero. The effects of nonverbal immediacy and verbal person-centeredness in the emotional support process. Human Communication Research (2001).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Andersen, P A, Afifi, W A. Close encounters: Communicating in relationships. (2001).
  • Guerrero, Laura (Author) ,Alberts, J (Author) ,Heisterkamp, B (Author) . Discrepancy-arousal theory and cognitive valence theory: Empirical support, challenges, and directions for future research. Handbook of language and social psychology (2001).
  • Guerrero, Laura. Intimacy. Encyclopedia of human emotions (2000).
  • Laura Guerrero, S Jones, J Burgoon. Responses to nonverbal intimacy change in romantic dyads: Effects of behavioral valence and expectancy violation. Communication Monographs (2000).
  • M Gross, Laura Guerrero. Appropriateness and effectiveness of organizational conflict styles: An application of the competence model to Rahim's conflict inventory. International Journal of Conflict (2000).
  • Afifi, W A (Author) ,Guerrero, Laura (Author) . Taboo topics and motivations for topic avoidance. Balancing the secrets of private disclosures (2000).
  • Guerrero, Laura (Author) ,Andersen, P A (Author) . Emotion in close relationships. Close relationships: A sourcebook (2000).

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
COM 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 690 Reading and Conference
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 692 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 493 Honors Thesis
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 492 Honors Directed Study
COM 799 Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 382 Classroom Apprenticeship
COM 493 Honors Thesis
COM 690 Reading and Conference
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation

Presentations

  • La Valley, A. G., & Guerrero, L. K. A dyadic analysis of attachment, prosocial maintenance behavior, and satisfaction in relationships between parents and young adult children. Eastern Communication Association Convention (Apr 2011).
  • McEwan, B., & Guerrero, L. K. Freshmen engagement through communication: Communication skills as predictors of friendship formation strategies and rewarding social networks among college freshmen. Central States Communication Association, Cincinnati, OH (Apr 2010).
  • La Valley, A. G., & Guerrero, L. K. Perceptions of conflict behavior and relational satisfaction in adult parent-child relationships: A dyadic analysis from an attachment perspective. Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD (Apr 2010).
  • Farinelli, L., & Guerrero, L. K. (2009, November). Frustration and affection in relationships between parents and their children with mental illness Children: An attachment theory explanation. National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (Nov 2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K., & Smith, A. Touch in cross-sex relationships between superiors and subordinates: Perceptions of expectedness, inappropriateness, and sexual harassment. National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (Nov 2009).
  • Gross, M. A., & Guerrero, L. K. Argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness as predictors of a person's conflict style during a simulated downsizing activity. International Association for Conflict Management, Kyoto, Japan (Jun 2009).
  • Farinelli, L., & Guerrero, L. K. Associations between caregiving and health outcomes among parents of children with mental illness: An attachment perspective. Western States Communication Association, Mesa AZ (Feb 2009).
  • Guerrero, L. K. Applying the Turbulance Model to Communicative Reponses to Jealousy and Hurtful Events. National Communication Association, San Diego (Nov 2008).
  • Guerrero, L. K., Hannawa, A. F., & Gallagher, B. B. The communicative responses to jealousy scale: Revision and empirical validation. National Communication Association, San Diego (Nov 2008).
  • Georgakopoulos, A., & Guerrero, L. K. Student perceptions of teacher immediacy: A comparison of best and worst teachers across six cultures. National Communication Association (Nov 2008).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Bachman, Guy. Forgiveness and Forgiving Communication: An Expectancy-Investment Explanation. Western States Communication Association (Feb 2008).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Christopher, F, Canary, Daniel, Pflieger, Jacqueline. Intimate Partner Violence: An Investment Model Explanation of Commitment in Abusive Cohabiting and Married Relationships. Western States Communication Association (Feb 2008).
  • Christopher, F, Pflieger, J, Canary, D, Guerrero, Laura, Granville, B, Holtzworth-Munroe, A. Targeted neighborhood sampling: A new approach for recruiting abusive couples. Annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis (Nov 2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura, La Valley, A, Farinelli, L. The experience and expression of anger, guilt, and sadness in marriage: An equity theory explanation. National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX (Nov 2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura, La Valley, A, Farinelli, L. The experience and expression of anger, guilt, and sadness in marriage: An equity theory explanation. (Top Four Paper). National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX (Nov 2006).
  • Andersen, P, Guerrero, Laura, Jones, S. Nonverbal behavior in intimate relationships and intimate interactions. International Association for Relationship Research (Jul 2006).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Bachman, G. Communication following Relational Transgressions in Dating Relationships: An Investment Model Explanation. Western States Communication Association (Feb 2006).
  • Bachman, G, Guerrero, Laura. Relations among apology, forgiveness, and communicative responses to hurtful messages. International Communication Association Conference (May 2003).
  • Yoshimura, S, Guerrero, Laura. Behavioral and emotional responses to expressions of jealousy. Western States Communication Association Conference (Feb 2003).
  • Bachman, G, Guerrero, Laura. An expectancy violations analysis of factors affecting relational outcomes and communicative responses to hurtful events in dating relationships. Western States Communication Association Conference (Feb 2003).
  • Guerrero, Laura, Spitzberg, B. The dark side of love: Possessiveness and distrust as predictors of communicative responses to jealousy. Western States Communication Association Conference (Feb 2002).
  • Guerrero, Laura. Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships. Graduate Seminar in Interpersonal Communication at California State University, Long Beach
  • Guerrero, Laura, Farinelli, Lisa, McEwan, Bree. Attachment and relational satisfaction: The mediating effect of emotional communication. National Communication Association
  • Guerrero, Laura, Bachman, Guy. Forgiveness and Forgiving Communication: An Expectancy-Investment Explanation. Western States Communication Association
  • Guerrero, Laura, Christopher, F, Canary, Daniel, Pflieger, Jacqueline. Intimate Partner Violence: An Investment Model Explanation of Commitment in Abusive Cohabiting and Married Relationships. Western States Communication Association

Editorships

Editorial board, Communication Monographs
Editorial board, Personal Relationships
Editorial board, Human Communication Research

Service

  • Doctoral Admissions Committee, member (2011 - Present)
  • Sam Houston State University, External Reviewer Promotion and Tenure (2011 - Present)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, External Reviewer Promotion to Professor (2010 - Present)
  • Communication Studies, Editorial Board Member (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Editorial Board (2009 - Present)
  • Chapman University, External Reviewer Tenure and Promotion (2009 - Present)
  • University of Oklahoma, External Reviewer Tenure and Promotion (2008 - Present)
  • Nova Southwestern University, External Reviewer- Tenure and Promotion (2008 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2006 - Present)
  • University of California, Long Beach, Guest Lecturer (2006 - Present)
  • Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ, Writing and Speech Workshops Volunteer/Coordinator (2005 - Present)
  • COM 110, Course Coordinator (2005 - Present)
  • COM 310, Course Coordinator (2005 - Present)
  • Communication Monographs, Editorial Board Member (2004 - Present)
  • Human Communication Research, Editorial Board Member (2004 - Present)
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Editorial Board Member (2004 - Present)
  • Personal Relationships, Editorial Board Member (2003 - Present)
  • Western Journal of Communication, Editorial Board Member (1996 - Present)
  • Young Scholar Award, International Communication Association, Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2006 - 2010)
  • Young Scholar Award, International Communication Association, Committee Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Awards Committee, Interpersonal Division, International Communication Association, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Doctoral Admissions Committee, Interdisciplinary Ph.D Program in Communication, Committee Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Hiring Committee, New Media Position, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Western States Communication Association, Paper Reader (2007 - 2008)
  • Hiring Committee, Open Asst. Professor Position, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Kyrene School District, Hometown Heroes Reading Program (2007)
  • Personnel Committee, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Committee Member (2000 - 2006)
  • Western States Communication Association, Paper Reader (2006 - 2006)
  • Communication Studies, Editorial Board Member (2002 - 2006)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • COM 308, Co-Coordinator (2003 - 2005)
  • Communication Education, Editorial Board Member (2000 - 2005)
  • Commencement, Banner Carrier (2005)
  • Nominating Committee, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Assn, Elected Committee Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Communication Quarterly, Editorial Board Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Doctoral Admissions Committee, Interdisciplinary Ph.D Program in Communication, Committee Member (2003 - 2005)
  • Executive Committee, Hugh Downs School of Human Comm, Committee Member (2004)
  • Awards Committee, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Assn, Committee Member (2003 - 2004)
  • University of Arizona Project funded by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, Consultant (Module Developer/Presenter) (2003 - 2004)
  • Communication Reports, Editorial Board Member (1997 - 2002)
  • Awards Committee, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Assn, Committee Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Publications Committee, Western States Communication Assn, Committee Chair (2001 - 2002)
  • Executive Council, Western States Communication Assn, Council Member (2000 - 2002)
  • Undergraduate Studies, Director (1999 - 2001)
  • Institutional Review Board, Member (1998 - 2001)
  • Marriage Encounter Program, Guest Speaker (Present)