Faculty and Staff

Stephen Yoshimura

Stephen Yoshimura


Home Department: Communication Studies
Office: LA 347
Email: stephen.yoshimura@umontana.edu
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For current office hours and appointments, please email me at the above address.

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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

Read the 2018 book on Communicating Revenge in Interpersonal Relationships -  Winner, 2020 Book Award, International Association for Relationship Research

Learn more about the Department of Communication Studies at University of Montana



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

Interpersonal communication, communication in personal relationships, emotions, communication and personal and relational well-being, 

Selected Publications

Yoshimura, S. M., & Boon, S. D. (2018). The Communication of Revenge in Interpersonal Relationships. New York, NY: Lexington Press. 2020 Book Award: International Association for Relationship Research

Boon, S. D. & Yoshimura, S. M. (Joint first author – order is alphabetical) (2020). Revenge as social interaction: Merging Social Psychological and Communication Perspectives on Revenge. Personality and Social Psychology Compass. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12554

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

Specialized Skills




Home Department

Communication Studies 

Area of Expertise

Jealousy; Personal Relationships; Revenge; Emotions, Romantic Relationships; Social Interaction and Human Well-being

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught

COMX 410 - Communication in Personal Relationships
COMX 202 - Nonverbal Communication
COMX 241 - Persuasion
COMX 395 - Communication and Health
COMX 460 - Research Methods
COMX 510 - Seminar in Communication in Personal Relationships
COMX 511 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication


Professional Experience

Research Affiliate - UM Social Science Research Lab



International Assocation for Relationship Research

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Northwest Communication Association