Kurlak, Rebecca

Seeking Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication

Email address: kurlak@utexas.edu
Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
B.S. Degree: Advertising, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Degree: Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin


Current Research Interests: My current research interests focus largely on language elements such as pronoun usage, agency assignment, as well as passive and active voice. I would like to understand how these variables are associated with positive and negative relationship outcomes.  In addition, I am interested in how mothers talk about their children, and how becoming a mother and raising one's own children resurfaces past hurts. I also have research interests in hurtful communication, marriage and family, conversational sensitivity, communication efficacy, re-framing, uncertainty, the effects of micro-social fragmentation, omission, identity loss, and chronic pain.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anita Vangelisti

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Kurlak, R. M., McGlone, M. S. Vangelisti, A. (2016, November). Time is on our side: Temporal agency in courtship narratives.  Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association: Interpersonal Communication Division, Philadelphia, PA.

Vangelisti, A. L., Pennebaker, J. W., Nelson, E., Kurlak, R. M., Brody, N., & Guinn, T. (2016, July).  Revisting the link between social and physical pain: The influence of physical symptoms, self-construals, and rejection sensitivity. Paper presented at the International Association for Relational Research: Interpersonal Communication Division, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kurlak, R. M. (2016, April). “Pronoun”ced Differences in Romantic couple’s use of pronouns and emotion in online and spoken dialogue. Paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association: Communication and Conscience, Austin, TX.
 
Kurlak, R. M. (2014, April). A Phenomenological Approach to Romantic Dyads Discussions of Feeling Valued or Contentious In-Person or Online. Paper presented at the 1st Annual Conflict Conference, Austin, TX.

Kurlak, R. M., Pena, J. F., & Brody, N. (2017, November). Effects of phone interruptions and anticipated future interaction on initial dating interactions. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association: Human Communication and Technology Division, Dallas, TX.

Kurlak, R. M., McGlone, M. S. Vangelisti, A. (in press). Time is on our side: Temporal agency in courtship narratives. Discourse Processes. DOI (April 2017): 10.1080/0163853X.2017.1306675.