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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 12 - 1 pm and by appt.
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 Department of Communication Studies. Before joining Chapman University in 2007, she served on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and teaching interests center upon interpersonal and health communication within close relationships. Dr. Bevan's research topics include the negotiation of difficult interactions face-to-face and online, such as ongoing conflict, jealousy, family caregiving, uncertainty, and topic avoidance, as well as related psychological and physical health correlates of these experiences. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, health communication theory, nonverbal communication, and conflict.Dr. Bevan's publications include over 50 peer-reviewed or invited scholarly communication and biomedical articles and book chapters appearing in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Health Communication, 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 studies. She is also a 2015 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 the editorial boards of Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Southern Communication Journal, and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, and recently completed her term as editor of the journal Communication Reports, published by the Western States Communication Association.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

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., & Waldeck, J. H. (2015). Managing conflict in the peer tutoring context. In W. Atkins-Sayre & E. L. Yook (Eds.), Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice (pp. 67-85). New York: Peter Lang.
Bevan, J. L., Galvan, J., Villasenor, J., & Henkin, J. (2016). “You’ve been on my mind ever since”: A content analysis of expressions of interpersonal attraction in Craigslist.org’s Missed Connections posts. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 18-24.
Denes, A., Lannutti, P. J., & Bevan, J. L. (2015). Same-sex infidelity in heterosexual romantic relationships: Investigating jealousy-related emotions, relational outcomes, and communicative responses. Personal Relationships, 22, 414-430.
Bevan, J. L., Cummings, M. B., Kubiniec, A., Mogannam, M., Price, M., & Todd, R. (2015). How are important life events disclosed on Facebook? Relationships with likelihood of sharing and privacy. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18, 8-12.
Bevan, J. L., & Sparks, L. (2014). The relationship between accurate and benevolently biased serial argument perceptions and individual negative health perceptions. Communication Research, 41, 257-281.
Bevan, J. L., Ang, P. C., & Fearns, J. B. (2014). Being unfriended on Facebook: An application of Expectancy Violation Theory. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 171-178.
Bevan, J. L., Gomez, R., & Sparks, L. (2014). Disclosures about important life events on Facebook: Relationships with stress and quality of life. Computers in Human Behavior, 39, 246-253.
Hum, N. J., Chamberlin, P. E., Hambright, B. L., Portwood, A. C., Schat, A. C., & Bevan, J. L. (2011). A picture is worth a thousand words: A content analysis of Facebook profile photographs. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1828-1833.