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Faculty Image Stephen Yoshimura
Office: LA 347
Phone: (406) 243-4951


Current Position:



My research program focuses on how people communicatively manage problematic events in the context of personal relationships, specifically how people manage and enact emotions related to revenge and jealousy. I also runa  research program on the associations between communication in personal relationships (problematic and otherwise) and physical and emotional well-being.

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Office Hours:

For current office hours, please contact the Department of Communication Studies at (406) 243-4293.

Field Of Study:

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

Research Interests:

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


Social Interaction, Relationships, and Human Well-Being (COMX 191)
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)


Arizona State University (Ph.D., 2002)

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

Arizona State University (B.A., 1994)

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


International Assocation for Relationship Research

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Western States Communication Association

Selected Publications:

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

Yoshimura, S. M. (2014). Social determinants of health. In T. Thompson & J.G. Golson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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 cognitive goals and emotional outcomes of revenge activities in interpersonal relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 87-98.

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.

Countries Visited:

  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • British Virgin Islands