Sam Dorros is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University. Her areas of interest include Interpersonal, Health, and Family Communication; and specifically how communication behaviors in relationships influence mental and physical health outcomes. She has conducted research examining the interdependence of couples coping with breast and prostate cancer and how the cancer experience affects relational well-being and mental health of dyads. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona, in Tucson Arizona.