Dr. Jennifer Bevan

Dr. Jennifer Bevan

School of Communication; Communication Studies
Expertise: Jealousy; Conflict; Social Media; Mental Health; Uncertainty and Health Information;
Office Location: Doti Hall 209
Office Hours: T/Th 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Phone: 714-532-7768
Scholarly Works:
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University of Delaware, Bachelor of Arts
University of Delaware, Master of Arts
The University of Georgia, Ph.D.

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Dr. Jennifer L. Bevan (B.A., M.A., University of Delaware, Ph.D.; University of Georgia) is a professor in the School of Communication. Dr. Bevan’s research interests focus upon the negotiation of difficult relational interactions, such as ongoing conflict, jealousy, family caregiving, chronic illness, as well as related psychological and physical health correlates of these experiences. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, communication theory, nonverbal communication, and conflict.  

Dr. Bevan's publications include over 70 scholarly communication and biomedical articles and book chapters appearing in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Social Science and Medicine, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. She was recognized in 2009 and 2016 as one of the most prolific and central scholars in the field of communication. She is also a former Valerie Scudder Award winner, which is Chapman University’s top faculty “all-around” award for teaching, research, and service.  

Her first book, The Communication of Jealousy (published by Peter Lang in 2013) was awarded the 2014 Diamond Anniversary Book Award by the National Communication Association (NCA), the 2016 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award, the 2014 Gerald R. Miller Book Award by the Interpersonal Communication Division of NCA, and the 2013 Outstanding Book Award by NCA’s Communication and Social Cognition Division. Her dissertation received the 2003 Interpersonal Communication Division Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association. Dr. Bevan has also received numerous top paper awards in health and interpersonal communication at national and regional communication conventions. She currently serves on multiple communication and close relationship journal editorial boards, and is a former editor of the journal Communication Reports, published by the Western States Communication Association. 

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Bevan, J. L., & Craw, E. S. (2022). Family communication as…argument. In J. Manning, J. Allen, & K. Decker (Eds.), Family Communication As…Metaphors for Family Communication (pp. 165-171). Wiley.
Bevan, J. L., & Ball, H. (2022). “Turning our lives upside down”: The transition to family caregiving. In D. O. Braithwaite, J. T. Child, K. R. Rossetto, & J. T. Wood (Eds.), Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships, 3rd ed. Kendall Hunt.
Bevan., J. L., Murphy, M. K., Lannutti, P., Slatcher, R. B., & Balzarini, R. N. (2022). A descriptive literature review of early research on COVID-19 and close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221115387
Craw, E. S., & Bevan, J. L. (2022). Ambiguous loss, stress, communal coping, and resilience: A mixed-methods study of K-12 teachers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Communication Education, 71, 286-304. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2022.2104331
Lannutti, P. J., & Bevan, J. L. (2022). Conclusion to the special issue: Relationships in the time of COVID-19. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39, 80-91. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211063536
Ball, H., Bevan, J. L., Urbanovich, T., & Craw, E. S. (2022). Romantic partner interference and psychological reactance in the context of caregiving for an aging family member. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39, 757-777. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211046244
Wittenberg, E., Bevan, J. L., & Goldsmith, J. V. (2022). Assessing family caregiver communication in chronic illness: Validation of the FCCT-CI. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091221106694
Bevan, J. L., Ball, H., Urbanovich, T., & Craw, E. (2021). Family caregiving burden in romantic relationships: A relational turbulence theory analysis. Communication Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/10510974.2021.1953095
Bevan, J. L., Urbanovich, T., & Vahid, M. (2021). Family communication patterns, received social support, and perceived quality of care in the family caregiving context. Western Journal of Communication, 85, 83-103. https://doi.org/10.1080/10570314.2019.1686534
Bevan, J. L., & Lannutti, P. J. (2021). Introduction to the special issue: Relationships in the time of COVID-19. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38, 1753-1758. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211018506
Denes, A., Dillow, M. R., DelGreco, M., Lannutti, P. J., & Bevan, J. L. (2020). Forgive and forget?: Examining the influence of blame and intentionality on forgiveness following same-sex infidelity in heterosexual romantic relationships. The Journal of Sex Research 57 482-497. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2019.1612831
Denes, A., Dillow, M. R., Lannutti, P. J., & Bevan, J. L. (2020). Acceptable experimentation? Investigating women’s communicative, relational, and transgression-related responses to a male partner’s same-sex infidelity. Personality and Individual Differences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.109929
Urbanovich, T., & Bevan, J. L. (2020). Promoting environmental behaviors: Applying the health belief model to diet change. Environmental Communication, 14, 657-671. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2019.1702569
Kanter, E., Bevan, J. L., & Dorros, S. M. (2019). The use of online support groups to seek information about chronic illness: Applying the theory of motivated information management. Communication Quarterly, 67, 100-121.
Bevan, J. L. (2018). Social networking site password sharing and account monitoring as online surveillance. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21, 797-802.
Bevan, J. L. (2017). Liking, creeping, and password sharing: Romantic jealousy experience and expression on social media. In N. Punyanunt-Carter & J. S. Wrench (Eds.), The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationships. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books
Bevan, J. L. (2017). Romantic jealousy in face-to-face and technologically-mediated interactions: A communicative interdependence perspective. Western Journal of Communication, 81, 466-482.
Bevan, J. L. (2013). The communication of jealousy. Language as Social Action series, vol. 15, H. Giles (ed.). New York: Peter Lang.