Ruth Anne Clark

Professor Emerita of Communication

  • Address: Department of Communication, 3001 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: 217-333-9105

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Primary interest in functional message analysis, with additional interests in selection of conversational partners; gender comparisons in interpersonal contexts, and instructional issues

Research Description

  • One of Professor Clark's recent functional message analyses focused on the impact of variations in level of distress and degree of responsibility of the distressed individual for the problem on the types of message features friends incorporate in their comforting messages. She found level of distress and responsibility for problem both produce marked impact on message construction, but largely on different features of the message.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin


Journal Articles

  • MacGeorge, E. L., R. A. Clark, and S. J. Gillihan. "Sex differences in the provision of skillful emotional support: The mediating role of self-efficacy." Communication Reports 15 (2002): 17-28.