Sally Planalp, Ph.D.
Prof. Sally Planalp joined UCCS in January 2016. Previously, she held regular faculty positions at the universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Colorado-Boulder, Montana-Missoula, Utah, Texas-Austin, and Kent State. Her primary expertise is interpersonal communication with emphases in face-to-face interaction, close relationships, emotion, and health communication. Her book, Communicating Emotion, synthesizes research across several disciplines on psychological, interpersonal, social, and cultural processes that constitute emotional communication. Other articles address topics such as links between verbal and nonverbal cues to emotion, messages of shame and guilt, and communication at the end of life.
Her work has appeared in numerous edited volumes and in communication journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, and Communication Theory; in interdisciplinary journals on close relationships such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Personal Relationships; and in journals related to health communication, such as Health Communication, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Clinical Toxicology. She also collaborated with the Utah Poison Control Center to develop an online training program and toolkit to improve communication in Poison Control Centers across North America. Currently she is investigating relationships between hospice volunteers and patients as a unique relational form and writing about the roles of emotion in close relationships.