Leanne Knobloch Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of Communication

Biography

I am a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. I joined the department in 2002 after earning my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • interpersonal communication
  • health communication

Research Description

  • 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.

    My most recent work focuses on (a) how military families communicate after being reunited following deployment, and (b) how romantic couples communicate following a depression diagnosis. Both lines of research provide important insights into how to help people have more satisfying relationships.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2001
  • B.A., St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, 1996
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1998

Distinctions / Awards

  • University Scholar Award, University of Illinois (Fall 2015)
  • Centennial Scholar Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois (Fall 2013)
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association (Fall 2012)
  • Top Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (Fall 2012)
  • Article Award, International Association for Relationship Research (Summer 2012)
  • Franklin H. Knower Article Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (Fall 2011)
  • John Garrison Award for the Analysis of Interpersonal Communication in Applied Settings, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (Spring 2011)
  • Top Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (Spring 2011)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois (2008-09)
  • Early Career Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (Fall 2008)
  • Top Four Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (Fall 2008)
  • Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement, International Association for Relationship Research (Summer 2008)
  • Distinguished Article Award, Communication and Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association (Fall 2007)
  • Top Four Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (Fall 2005)
  • Top Three Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (Spring 2004)
  • Top Three Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (Spring 2003)
  • Dissertation Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (Spring 2002)
  • Top Four Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association (Fall 1998)

Courses

  • CMN 230: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • CMN 231: Communication and Conflict
  • CMN 437: Communication in Personal Relationships
  • CMN 529: Communication and Relationship Development
  • CMN 529: Measurement in Communication Research
  • CMN 529: Uncertainty in Relationships

Communication and Health

  • True

Interpersonal Communication

  • True