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  • John P. Crowley, Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor
    University of Delaware
    237 Pearson Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    John Crowley is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on the intersection of interpersonal and health communication in two primary ways.

    First, he is interested in investigating the associations between communication and biology with an emphasis on understanding how people who are coping with difficult life experiences can communicate in ways that bring about positive changes at the psychological, physiological, and relational levels. He is currently investigating how a social support intervention can help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) individuals cope with the negative effects associated with hate speech. His future work in this area will investigate the impact of microaggressions on immune functioning and ways that relational communication can help buffer those effects for Latino/a and Black adults.

    Secondly, he is interested in understanding how people marshal social support to accomplish individual and relational-level goals. His work in this area has looked at the ways in which individuals actively attempt to influence the support of close social network members who are opposed to their romantic relationships. He has also investigated how individuals seek to either increase their romantic partner’s support or manage their nonsupport for their weight-related goals. His future work in this area will investigate how individuals in underserved communities marshal support to cope with the harmful effects of discrimination.

    His research has been published in such outlets as Human Communication Research, Health Communication, and Personal Relationships, and his study on expressive writing for LGBQ victims of hate speech received the Interpersonal Communication Division's Outstanding Dissertation Award from both the International and National Communication Associations. Dr. Crowley’s research looking at the ways to help individuals cope with sexual orientation discrimination is funded by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. 



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