Faculty Profile

Christina G. Yoshimura

Christina G. Yoshimura

Professor of Communication Studies (M.A., Ph.D.) and Mental Health Counselor (M.A.)

Email: christina.yoshimura@umontana.edu
Office: LA 358
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Curriculum Vitae


Communication in Personal Relationships (COMX 414) (online)

Communication Research Methods (COMX 460) (online)

Personal Summary

Dr. Yoshimura focuses her research on how various subsystems of the family communicate as they engage external systems; including workplaces, schools, and the justice system.  Dr. Yoshimura also maintains a focus on applied communication skills and mental health, using her advanced degrees and background in communication studies and clinical mental health to engage in research and teaching on and off campus at the intersection of interpersonal communication and mental health.  She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including a recent article specifically addressing the role of communication in working with survivors of domestic violence.


M.A. - Counseling: 2015

University of Montana

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Family focus


Ph. D. – Communication:  2004

Arizona State University

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Interpersonal/Family Communication focus

Dissertation: Communicative responses to the work/family tension


M.A. – Communication, 2000                                                

Arizona State University                                                    

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication                       

Interpersonal Communication focus                              

Thesis: I wonder what’s on TV tonight: An exploration of maintenance in the context of television watching


B.S. – Communications, 1998

Syracuse University

Newhouse School of Communications

Public Relations focus



Yoshimura, C. G. (2022). Family communication as health.  In J. Manning, J. Allen and K. Denker (Eds.) Family Communication as…Exploring Metaphors for Family Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Yoshimura, C.G. (2021). Nurturing family connections: Communication accommodation as a vital element of trauma-informed practice in difficult family conversations. Family Focus, 66(1), 10-12.

Barney, K.A. & Yoshimura, C.G. (2021). “Cleaning out the closet:” Communicated narrative sense-making of bereavement. Journal of Family Communication.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Murray, K., & Yoshimura, C.G. (2020). Filial play therapy and other strategies for working with parents. In D. Capuzzi  & M.D. Stuaffer (Eds.) Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Yoshimura, C.G. & Heisterkamp, B. (2019). Expressing work-family tension management in memorable messages with co-workers.  Western Journal of Communication.

Yoshimura, C.G. (2017).  Teaching communication and conflict as a game.  Communication Teacher, 31(4), 231-238.  DOI: 10.1080/17404622.2017.1358389

Yoshimura, C.G. (2017).  Turning point analysis.  In M. Allen (Ed.) Sage Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods.   Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yoshimura, C.G. & Galvin, K. (2017).  Systems theory: A compelling view of family life.  In D.O. Braithwaite, K. Floyd, & E. Suter (Eds.) Engaging Theories in Family Communication.  New York: Routledge.

Yoshimura, C.G. & Brown-Campbell, K. (2016).  Interpersonal violence and sexual assault: Trauma-informed communication approaches in university counseling centers. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 30(4), 300-312.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Murray, K., & Yoshimura, C.G. (Fall, 2014).  Filial play therapy and other strategies for working with parents. In D. Capuzzi  & M.D. Stuaffer (Eds.) Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling. John Wiley & Sons.

Yoshimura, C. G.  (2013).  Still getting along with the in-laws: Relationships with siblings-in- law.  In K. Floyd and M. T. Morman (Eds.) Widening the circle: New research on family communication, 2nd edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yoshimura, C. G. (2013).  A dialectic approach to work-family conflict. Northwest Journal of Communication, 41(1), 7-40.

Yoshimura, C. G. (2010).  The experience and communication of envy among siblings, siblings- in-law, and spouses.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 1075-1088.

Yoshimura, C.G. & Alberts, J.K. (2008).  Television viewing and relational maintenance. In M. Motley (Ed.) Studies in Applied Interpersonal Communication.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Yoshimura, C.G. and Hayden, S. (2006).  The effects of gender on communication and workplace relations.   In C. O’Lynn (Ed.) Men in Nursing.  New York, NY: Springer.

Yoshimura, C.G. (2006).  Getting along with the in-laws: Relationships with siblings-in-law.  In K. Floyd and M.T. Morman (Eds.) Widening the circle: New research on family communication (117-127).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Alberts, J. K., Yoshimura, C.G., Rabby, M. K., and Loschiavo, R. (2005).  Mapping the topography of couples' daily conversations. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 299-322.

Alberts, J. K. & Yoshimura, C.G.  (2002)  Nagging and complaining.  In (J.J. Ponzetti, Ed.). International Encyclopedia of Marital and Family Relationships, 2nd Edition. New York:  MacMillan Reference.

Floyd, K., & Yoshimura, C. G. (2002).  The extended self-serving bias in attribution-making about communication behavior.  In A.V. Stavros (Ed.) Advances in Communications and Media Research (129-138).  Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Pedagogy Department Field

Communication Studies

Teaching Experience


Department of Communication Studies, The University of Montana

Professor, 2017-present

Associate Professor, 2011-2017 

Assistant Professor, 2006-2011

Adjunct Instructor, 2002-2006


Counselor, Curry Health Center Counseling Services

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, 2018-present

Certified Counselor, 2015-2018