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Dr. Sam Dorros

Assistant Professor
School of Communication; Communication Studies
Expertise: Health Communication; Interpersonal Relations; Mental Health; Well-being; Cancer
Stonehill College, Bachelor of Arts
University of Arizona, Master of Arts
University of Arizona, Ph.D.


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.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Miller-Day, M., Dorros, S.M., & Day, L.E. (2015). The Impact of Maternal and Paternal Communication Dominance on Offspring’s Negative Self-Talk, Depression, and Suicidality. In L. Olson and M. Fine (Eds.). Examining the Darker Side of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
Dorros, S. (2014). Interdependence of Breast Cancer Patients & Their Partners: The Shared Experience and Coping Through it Together. In M. A. Paludi (Ed.), The Praeger Handbook on Women’s Cancers: Personal and Psychological Insights (pp. 335-359). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Dorros, S. (2014). Exploring the Role of Stress and Neuroticism in Negative Health Outcomes: Can Stress and Personality Predict the Progression and Recurrence of Cancer? In M. A. Paludi (Ed.), The Praeger Handbook on Women’s Cancers: Personal and Psychological Insights (pp. 391-406). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Liang, Y., DeAngelis, B.N, Clare, D.C., Dorros, S., & Levine, T.R. (2014). Message characteristics in online product reviews and consumer ratings of helpfulness. Southern Communication Journal, 79, 468-483.