Communication Studies
Allison R. Thorson

Allison R. Thorson

Assistant Professor

Allison Thorson joined the faculty at USF in 2009 after receiving her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, the Branch Campuses Coordinator for Communication, and a committee member on the Interdisciplinary Minor in Child and Youth Studies and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging and Gerontology.

Prof. Thorson's research focuses on interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis in how individuals and families communicatively manage and maintain individual and relationship well-being in the aftermath of hurtful,unexpected, and non-normative events. Her current research projects center on examining how the ripple effect of infidelity is communicatively managed among family members and impacts family relationships. Her work has been published in outlets such as The Journal of Marriage and Family , Journal of Family Communication , Communication Studies , Qualitative Communication Research , Communication Research , Communication for Families in Crisis: Theories, Methods, and Strategies, and cited in the Huffington Post.

At USF, Prof. Thorson teaches Communication and Everyday Life, Family Communication, The Dark Side of Interpersonal/Family Communication, Communication and Aging, Advanced Qualitative/Quantitative Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication Studies Internship.

Prof. Thorson currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for Kids' Turn, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organization focused on helping families when parents separate or divorce by reducing parental conflict, alienation, and internalizing of negative feelings by children.

Education

Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. Missouri State University
B.A. University of Northern Iowa

Research Areas

Professor Thorson's teaching and research focuses on interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis in how individuals and families communicatively manage and maintain well-being in the aftermath of hurtful and unexpected events.

Courses Offered
  • COMS-306: Family Communication
  • COMS-368: Communication & Aging
Other

Link to Communication Studies Department homepage: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/coms/