Laura Guerrero

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1205

Biography

Laura K. Guerrero studies communication in close relationships, with emphases on emotional and nonverbal communication.  She has studied how people communicate intimacy and forgiveness as ways to keep relationships healthy. She has also conducted research on how people communicate in situations where they are jealous, hurt, or angry. In these situations, certain forms of communication enhance understanding and improve relationships, whereas other forms of communication make problems worse. Professor Guerrero has published more than 100 articles and chapters on these topics along with several books, including the best-selling text book, Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships. She has created questionnaires measuring communicative responses to jealousy, conflict styles, and attachment styles, and has developed an observational technique for coding behaviors showing nonverbal intimacy from videotapes.

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication, University of Arizona
  • M.A. Communication, San Diego State University
  • B.A. Communication and Marketing, San State Diego University

Research Interests

relational communication, nonverbal communication, emotion, conflict

Publications

Selected Publications

Books:

Guerrero, L. K., Andersen, P. A., & Afifi, W. A. (2018).  Close encounters: Communication in relationships ( ed5h.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Burgoon, J. K., Guerrero, L. K., & Floyd, K. (2010). Nonverbal Communication. Boston: Pearson Education. 

Guerrero, L. K., & Hecht, M. L. (2008). The nonverbal communication reader: Classic and contemporary readings (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. . 

Guerrero, L. K., & Floyd, K. (2006). Nonverbal communication in close relationships. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (Part of the LEA Series on Personal Relationships)

Journal Articles:

Guerrero, L. K. (in press). Conflict style associations with cooperativeness, directness, and relational satisfaction: A case for a six-style typology. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

Fleuriet, C., Cole, M., & Guerrero, L. K. (2014). Exploring Facebook: Attachment style and nonverbal message characteristics as predictors of anticipated emotional reactions to Facebook postings. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.

Guerrero, L. K. (2014). Jealousy and relational satisfaction: Actor effects, partner effects, and the mediating role of destructive communicative responses to jealousy. Western Journal of Communication78, 586-611.

La Valley, A. G., & Guerrero, L. K. (2012). Perceptions of conflict behavior and relational satisfaction in adult parent-child relationships: A dyadic analysis from an attachment perspective. Communication Research, 39¸ 48-79.

McEwan, B., & Guerrero, L. K. (2012). Maintenance behavior and relationship quality as predictors of perceived availability of resources in newly formed college friendship networks. Communication Studies, 63, 421-440.

Guerrero, L. K., Hannawa, A. F., & Babin, B. A. (2011). The Communicative Responses to Jealousy scale: Revision, empirical validation, and associations with relational satisfaction. Communication Methods and Measures, 5, 223-249.

Farinelli, L., & Guerrero, L. K. (2011). Associations between caregiving and health outcomes among parents of children with mental illness: An attachment perspective. Health Communication, 26, 233245. 

Guerrero, L. K., & Bachman, G. F. (2010). Forgiveness and forgiving communication: An expectancyinvestment explanation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 801-823.

McEwan, B., & Guerrero, L. K. (2010). Freshmen engagement through communication: Predicting friendship formation strategies and perceived availability of network resources from communication skills. Communication Studies, 61, 445-463. 

Guerrero, L. K., Farinelli, L., & McEwan, B. (2009). Attachment and relational satisfaction: The mediating effect of emotional communication. Communication Monographs, 76, 487-514. 

Guerrero, L. K., La Valley, A. G., & Farinelli, L. (2008). The experience and expression of anger, guilt, and sadness in marriage: An equity theory explanation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25, 699-724.

Guerrero, L. K., & Bachman, G. F. (2008). Communication following relational transgressions in dating relationships: An investment model explanation. Southern Communication Journal, 73, 4-23. 

Christopher, F. S., Pflieger, J. C., Canary, D. J., Guerrero, L. K., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (2008). Targeted neighborhood sampling: A new approach for recruiting abusive couples. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 89-100.

Bachman, G. F., & Guerrero, L. K. (2006). An expectancy violations analysis of relational quality and communicative responses following hurtful events in dating relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 943-963.

Bachman, G. F., & Guerrero, L. K. (2006). Forgiveness, apology, and communicative responses to hurtful events. Communication Reports, 19, 45-56.

Guerrero, L. K., & Bachman, G. F. (2006). Associations among relational maintenance behaviors, attachment-style categories, and attachment dimensions. Communication Studies, 57, 341-361.

Guerrero, L. K., Trost, M. L., & Yoshimura, S. M. (2005). Emotion and communication in the context of romantic jealousy. Personal Relationships, 12, 233-252.

Guerrero, L. K., & Chavez, A. M. (2005). Relational maintenance in cross-sex friendships characterized by different types of romantic intent: An exploratory study. Western Journal of Communication, 69, 341-360. 

Guerrero, L. K., & Jones, S. M. (2005). Differences in conversational skills as a function of attachment style: A follow-up study. Communication Quarterly, 53, 305-321.

Gross, M. A., Guerrero, L. K., & Alberts, J. K. (2004). Perceptions of conflict strategies and communication competence in task-oriented dyads. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 32, 249-270.

Guerrero, L. K., & Jones, S. M. (2003). Differences in one’s own and one’s partner’s perceptions of social skills as a function of attachment style. Communication Quarterly, 51, 277-295.

Jones, S. M., & Guerrero, L. K. (2001). The effects of nonverbal immediacy and verbal person-centeredness in the emotional support process. Human Communication Research, 27, 567-596.

Lee, J. W., & Guerrero, L. K.  (2001). Types of touch in cross-sex relationships between coworkers:  Perceptions of relational and emotional messages, inappropriateness, and sexual harassment. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 29, 197-220.

Guerrero, L. K. (2001).  Jealousy, communication, and attachment style.  Directions in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 11, 146-157.

Guerrero, L. K., Jones, S. M., & Burgoon, J. K. (2000). Responses to nonverbal intimacy change in romantic dyads:  Effects of behavioral valence and expectancy violation. Communication Monographs, 67, 325-346.

Gross, M. A., & Guerrero, L. K. (2000).  Appropriateness and effectiveness of organizational conflict styles:  An application of the competence model to Rahim's conflict inventory. International Journal of Conflict, 11, 200-226.

Guerrero, L. K., & Afifi, W. A. (1999).  Toward a goal-oriented approach for understanding communicative responses to jealousy.  Western Journal of Communication, 63, 216-248.

Afifi, W. A., & Guerrero, L. K. (1998).  Some things are better left unsaid II:  Topic avoidance in friendship. Communication Quarterly, 46, 231-249.

Guerrero, L. K. (1997).  Nonverbal involvement across interactions with same-sex friends, opposite-sex friends, and romantic partners: Consistency or change?  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 14, 31-58.  

Guerrero, L. K. (1996).  Attachment-style differences in intimacy and involvement:  A test of the four-category model.  Communication Monographs, 63, 269-292.  

*A complete list of publications can be found in Guerrero's vita

Courses

Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 499 Individualized Instruction
COM 792 Research
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 382 Classroom Apprenticeship
COM 690 Reading and Conference
COM 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
COM 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 690 Reading and Conference
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 692 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 493 Honors Thesis
COM 691 Seminar
COM 792 Research
COM 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 317 Nonverbal Communication
COM 492 Honors Directed Study
COM 799 Dissertation