Leanne K. Knobloch

Research

Lincoln Hall

I study how people communicate within close relationships. More specifically, I examine how people's communication both shapes and reflects the ways they think about their relationships. I have focused on times of transition because individuals are more aware of their relationships when those relationships are in flux. Much of my work examines (a) military spouses across the deployment cycle, and (b) romantic couples dealing with depression.

My work lies at the intersection of the study of personal relationships and the field of interpersonal communication. It contributes to the study of personal relationships by illuminating how people's perceptions of their relationships ebb and flow as progression occurs. It advances the field of interpersonal communication by demonstrating how people's perceptions of their relationships predict communication in various forms.

I have investigated how people's cognitions, emotions, and behaviors change as relationships progress. My work suggests that people communicate differently when they are uncertain about their relationship or are negotiating interdependence. This area of study is important because relationships can dissolve when people do not communicate effectively during times of transitions.