Dr. Laura R. Umphrey
Health Communication, Persuasion, Research Methods
Personal web page
Research and teaching interests
I enjoy teaching distance education courses so students
around the world can complete their education from NAU. My research has focused
on message framing effects but I am interested in how people negotiate grief
and interact with others following loss.
Business and Professional Speaking
Communicating in Instructional Environments
Methods of Interviewing
Representative research and creative activity
Umphrey, L. & Cacciatore, J. (2011). Coping with the ultimate deprivation: Narrative themes in a parental bereavement support group. OMEGA: Journal of Death & Dying, 63(2), 141-160.
Umphrey, L. R. & Sherblom, J.C. (2007). Relational
commitment and threats to interpersonal goals: Influences on condom use.
Journal of American College Health.
Umphrey, L.R. (2004). Message defensiveness, efficacy and
health-related behavioral intentions. Communication Research Reports, 21(4),
Umphrey, L.R. (2003). The effects of message framing and message
processing on testicular self-examination attitudes and perceived risk.
Communication Research Reports, 20(2), 97-105.
Links of interest
International Communication Association
National Communication Association
Western States Communication Association
Eastern Communication Association
Health Communication Coalition
PhD, University of Arizona , 2001 (Communication; Minor:
MA, University of Maine, 1994 (Speech Communication)
BA, University of Maine, 1992 (International
Affairs/French) Study abroad: Aix-en-Provence, France (Spring, 1991)