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Stephen Yoshimura

Stephen Yoshimura


Office: LA 347
Email: stephen.yoshimura@umontana.edu
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Position



Nonverbal Communication (COMX 202)
Communication in Personal Relationships (COMX 414)
Communication Research Methods (COMX 460)
Communication and Health (COMX 485)
Graduate Seminar in Communication in Personal Relationships (COMX 510)


Personal Summary

Many studies indicate that sustaining close, high-quality interpersonal relationships is among the strongest predictors of subjective well-being, physical health, and longevity. Emotional experiences within those relationships are a main mechanism by which the connection between interpersonal relationships and health would exist. Professor Yoshimura's research focuses on how people communicate positive and negative emotional experiences in the context of their closest interpersonal relationships. In addition to studies on the experience and expression of negative emotions such as vengeance and jealousy, his research examines the communicative correlates of well-being, such as the expression of humor and gratitude with relationship partners. His research is published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, Communication Reports, and Communication Monographs, among other journals. He is an award-winning teacher, regularly teaching classes on Research Methods, Communication and Health, Nonverbal Communication, and Communication in Personal Relationships, and his students have won top paper awards at various research conferences. Dr. Yoshimura is an active member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), and is a past chair of the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division.

Learn more about Dr. Yoshimura's research in the Communication and Social Well-Being Lab

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Arizona State University (Ph.D., 2002)

San Francisco State University (M.A., 1998)

Arizona State University (B.A., 1994)


Research Interests

Communication of social emotions; Associations between interpersonal communicative activity and health indicators

Field of Study

Communication in Personal Relationships, the "Dark Side" of interpersonal communication, communication and personal and relational well-being

Selected Publications

Yoshimura, S. M., & Berzins, K. (2017). The role of gratitude expressions in social and personal well-being. Review of Communication, 17, 106-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15358593.2017.1293836

Curran, T., & Yoshimura, S. M. (2017). Mother-child reports of affectionate communication with fathers: Associations with family satisfaction and life satisfaction. Communication Reports, 29, 163-174. doi: 10.1080/08934215.2016.1170171

Yoshimura, S. M., & Boon, S. D. (2014). Exploring revenge as a feature of family life. Journal of Family Theory and Research, 6, 222-240. doi: 10.111/jftr.12041

Boon, S. D., & Yoshimura, S. M. (2014). Pluralistic ignorance in retributive attitudes and behavior in interpersonal relationships. Personal Relationships, 21, 258-271. doi: 10.1111/pere.12030

Lockwood, N., & Yoshimura, S. M. (2013). The heart of the matter: The effects of humor on well-being during recovery from cardiovascular disease. Health Communication, 29(4), 410-420. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.762748

Yoshimura, S. M. (2007). The communication of revenge: The virtuousness, viciousness, and vitality of vengeful messages. In W. R. Cupach & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds). The dark side of interpersonal communication (2nd Ed.) (pp. 277-296). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Mahwah, NJ.

Specialized Skills

Survey design

Quantitative and qualitative data analysis


Home Department

Communication Studies 

Area of Expertise

Jealousy; Personal Relationships; Revenge; Romantic Relationships; Social Relationships and Health

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught

COMM 410 - Communication in Personal Relationships
COMM 202 - Nonverbal Communication
COMM 241 - Persuasion
COMM 395 - Communication and Health
COMM 460 - Research Methods
COMM 510 - Seminar in Communication in Personal Relationships
COMM 512 - Seminar in Communication and Conflict

Professional Experience

Research Affiliate - UM Social Science Research Lab

UM Global Leadership Initiative Oversight Board member


International Assocation for Relationship Research

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Northwest Communication Association